North East-based distributor, HLA Services, has posted the best financial results in its 13-year history.

The firm, which offers a range of equipment brands including Lincat, Falcon and Rational, as well as specialist refrigeration and air conditioning repairs, has topped £11m in turnover.

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The company has expanded its service range, investing £50,000 in new technology and gaining over £1m-worth of contracts.

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Two years ago HLA Services opened a Middlesbrough office, which has created 30 jobs, taking staff numbers to 120 overall.

The expansion has allowed the firm to develop its apprenticeship programme, taking on a further three apprentices in 2016, bringing the total to seven.