Flame Heating Group has announced the launch of its first outlet in the North West, with the opening of its Carlisle branch.

The heating and plumbing merchant has launched the 2,000 sq.ft premises on Rosehill, Carlisle, which has initially created two new jobs.

It will be led by Investor Director, Jamie Heath (pictured right), and Branch Manager, Christine Bell (pictured left), who have a combined 30 years’ experience within the heating and plumbing trade.

Heath, 38, originally from Penrith, started his career as a management trainee at a national merchant and progressed to become a National Project Manager within the company, before joining Flame.

He said: “I’ve gained a lot of invaluable experience during my career and am excited by the opportunity of starting something from scratch with Flame, and to grow its reputation in Carlisle and the wider area.

“I have known Christine for many years and am delighted that she has chosen to come on board with this exciting opportunity. We’re now looking forward to establishing the brand here and, in the not to distant future, expand the operation with further job creation and an extension of the core services that Flame provides to its customers.

John Savage, Managing Director of Flame Heating Group, added: “This is another first for Flame, with this latest expansion into a new region. Both Jamie and Christine possess a wealth of industry experience, which will be crucial to the long-term success of Flame in the North West.

“We are hoping to extend our geographical reach into more regions across the UK, in line with our ambitious expansion strategy, and our Carlisle branch will play a large role in the company’s future.”