An online retailer and marketplace for DIY and building supplies, Gasqet, has revealed plans to create 100 new jobs in Greater Manchester and the wider North West in the next three years.
The firm, which was launched during the pandemic by Ethar Alali, the MD of a Manchester based IT firm, provides sustainable alternatives to rubber products for pipework, serving both the home improvement and commercial markets. The new jobs planned for Gasqet form part of the firm’s ambitious plans for rapid growth in the next three years.
The majority of new roles will be created in the firm’s Manchester city centre headquarters in its sales and digital teams. The firm is also looking to recruit a fleet engineers to serve business customers in the construction and petrol station sector, creating field-based roles based in Stockport, Liverpool, Warrington and locations in Cheshire.
The strong construction and property sector in the North West, as well as the region’s support for sustainable products, has been key to Gasqet’s initial success, according to a company spokesman speaking to the Business Live website. The business has also benefited during its launch from a number of stock shortages affecting the construction industry as a result of shipping and manufacturing delays affecting the construction sector globally that have been brought about by the pandemic, with its innovative eco-conscious products offering an alternative to conventionally rubber seals and washers.
Gasqet now joins a number of successful ecommerce businesses to have been founded in Greater Manchester. The GM Local Enterprise Partnership recently published a report highlighting the successes of the ecommerce sector in the city-region, with the city-region boasting five of the UK’s 14 tech unicorns, all of which are related to online retail, as well as the greatest concentration of ecommerce start-ups in the UK, surpassing even London.