A WIRRAL-based taxi company is set to invest £100,000 to create 200 jobs in Ellesmere Port and Neston.

The investment by Argyle Satellite Taxis is part of a wider strategy aimed at boosting the local economy and supporting local businesses, particularly the night-time economy.

Argyle Satellite Taxis has approximately 700 self-employed drivers completing more than 55,000 journeys every week throughout Wirral, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Following increased demand for service in the Cheshire towns over the past eighteen months, Argyle Satellite successfully applied for and were recently granted a Cheshire West and Cheshire Private Hire Operator’s licence.

John Dunne, of Argyle Satellite Ltd, stressed the importance the business has placed on its expansion plan, adding: “The Ellesmere Port and Neston expansion is a stand-alone model, targeted to be driven by the people of these areas.”

He added: “The Wirral fleet of drivers will be used to support the area and to assist in improving efficiency, but I must stress that we are looking to create an Ellesmere Port and Neston private hire company, operating within the brand of Argyle Satellite Ltd.”

Chris Jordan, Argyle Satellite CEO, hailed the move towards Ellesmere Port and Neston as a major benefit to the transport infrastructure throughout the borough.

He said, “There is no doubt that this exciting opportunity not only benefits Argyle Satellite, but also creates potential employment across the borough for other businesses”

With a full service launched across Ellesmere Port and Neston on November 5, Andrew Jordan, Business Support Manager for Argyle Satellite Taxis, is confident that there is demand for their service.

He said: "By providing customers with a greater range of booking methods, using the most up to date technology and equipment, customers can book their journey in many ways. Our call centre handles more than thirty thousand calls a week through the 201-0001 and 201-1111 telephone lines. However, we now have a market leading consumer app; putting customers in control of how they book their journey, at what time and how they pay for it. Unlike other taxi booking apps, the Argyle Satellite app allows the customer to store card details on their phone for convenience yet allows the customer to choose whether they wish to pay cash or card.”

More information about job opportunities is available at argylesatellite.com or by calling 0151 201 1111.