Mobility solutions giant Sofico is planning to rapidly expand its UK headquarters in Malvern, Worcestershire.

Established as a start-up in Belgium in 1988, Sofico now turns over €39 million per year by developing mobility solutions for companies and leasing fleet management in 24 different countries.

Sofico employs 310 staff in eight offices worldwide, in countries including Japan, Australia, France and Mexico.

Its UK headquarters currently employs 12 people and the business is looking to nearly double that number within the next year.

Sofico’s ‘Miles’ platform serves clients including Fiat, Pendragon PLC, Volkswagen Financial Services, BMW and ALD Worldwide.

Sofico was supported in expanding its UK headquarters by Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for International Trade, which connected the business with Worcestershire’s major recruiter, Hewett Recruitment, to support the early recruitment of Sofico’s workforce.

Roger Smith, country head for Sofico Services UK Ltd, said: “Our growth in the UK is taking off quite rapidly and we’re at the stage now where recruitment is incredibly important.

“We are therefore looking to recruit some of the UK’s brightest developers, project managers and business consultants for an exciting career with Sofico.

“We have a really exciting culture here, where we’re able to give people the responsibility and freedom to grow in their role and help the business.”

Gary Woodman, chief executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We are delighted to see that Sofico has been able to hit the ground running and rapidly expand in Worcestershire.

“We all know that the county is home to some big players in the automotive industry and supply chain, and it’s no surprise to see Sofico thriving in this market.

“One of the key advantages to growing a business in Worcestershire is the access to a specialised workforce, and I’m sure that this will work to Sofico’s benefit now and in the future.”