KIS Lettings has officially opened its second South Tyneside office as part of its ambitious expansion programme.
Property lettings and management agent, KIS is increasing its workforce and establishing a new office in the borough.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Jim Sewell marked the official opening of KIS Lettings new Fowler Street office, which will now become the company's main branch in South Shields.
KIS will continue to operate its head quarters from the existing Westoe Road office, which it has occupied since 2006.
Ajay Jagota, director at KIS Lettings, said: "It's always been my intention to grow the business to cover the whole of the North East and this move is certainly helping to facilitate that.
"The new branch location places us alongside our competitors and is a strategic move to increase footfall into our offices. Meanwhile, I'll be looking to recruit a further six new members of staff to work in the head office where we'll manage online and phone enquiries from new and existing clients."
Ajay started KIS as South Tyneside Lettings and Management in 2006 after managing his own portfolio of properties and working in property development for more than 15 years.
He launched the company after identifying a gap in the market for a competitively priced lettings management agency which could provide the same high quality service for a fraction of the usual cost.
The company currently manages lettings for around 300 landlords ranging from those that have invested in a second property to private landlords with a portfolio of properties.
Cllr Sewell, said: "We're delighted that Mr Jagota has chosen to open a second KIS Lettings office in South Shields and it was a pleasure to be involved in marking the official opening.
"The Council is committed to supporting local businesses and recognises the contribution they make to the vitality of the local economy. It is great to see a local business go from strength to strength and we look forward to seeing KIS enjoy continuing success here in South Tyneside."View more news from KIS »