International Corporate Services Company Expands Halifax Operations

Oct 19, 2006

Nova Scotians can look forward to new and flexible job opportunities as Hogg Robinson Group (HRG), one of the world's largest corporate services companies, expands its Halifax operation.

Finance Minister Michael Baker, on behalf of Economic Development Minister Richard Hurlburt, was joined by Richard Butterworth, chief operating officer for HRG in Canada, and executive vice-president, operations, for HRG in North America, and Stephen Lund, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) today, Oct. 19, to announce the company's expansion plans in Nova Scotia.

"Nova Scotia has the skilled workforce needed to meet the demand of HRG's expansion," said Mr. Baker. "This international company will also provide flexible and unique training and working opportunities for its Nova Scotia employees."

NSBI will provide a payroll rebate set at a maximum of $1,218,000 over a four-year period to help create up to 250, full-time positions.

"Increasing our Halifax operations supports HRG North America's objective to enhance the range of services we currently offer our clients," said Mr. Butterworth. "Twenty per cent of the new positions will be 'work from home agents' creating flexible job opportunities for Nova Scotia's diverse workforce."

HRG North America currently employs about 100 people in Barrington Tower, Halifax. To accommodate the increased workforce, the company will occupy another floor of the building with an additional 1,080 square metres (12,000 square feet) of space.

"HRG North America's Halifax site has been in operation since the early 1990s," said Mr. Lund. "It began with only three employees and we are very proud that it is now owned by Hogg Robinson Group, the international corporate services company whose worldwide network extends to 96 countries. HRG is an excellent example of a leading company that recognizes the benefits of locating and growing in Nova Scotia."

Nova Scotia Business Inc. is Nova Scotia's private sector-led business development agency. NSBI is the investment attraction arm of the province and helps companies in Nova Scotia meet their growth potential through business advisory, export development and financial services.
Hogg Robinson Group is the award-winning international corporate services company. Founded in 1845, HRG has over 60 years specific corporate travel expertise. Supported by contracted partners, the HRG worldwide network extends to 96 countries.

HRG offers a comprehensive range of corporate services which includes travel management, fulfilment services and low cost transactions as well as consulting, expense management, sports, and events and meetings management.

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