Checkwell Decision Corp. Opens UK Headquarters in Wales, UK



    Canada's Leading Employee Reference Service Expands to Europe

    SWANSEA, WALES, August 23 /CNW/ - Checkwell Decision Corporation, a
privately held Canadian specialist in screening employee backgrounds, is
opening its European headquarters in Swansea, Wales, marking the company's
first location in Europe. This investment, which will create 125 jobs within
the next two years, is the latest in a string of new inward investment
projects from North America to Wales.

    From its Wales office, Checkwell plans to offer its employee screening
services to the banking, insurance, education and other key business sectors
in the UK and Europe. Founded in 1989, the company is headquartered in
Vancouver and has six other offices in Canada and the United States.

    "As one of North America's leading providers of background checks, we are
delighted to have achieved a European footprint. With a well qualified
graduate population and beautiful surroundings, Wales will be an excellent UK
base for our company as we continue to expand," said Dean Drysdale,
Checkwell's Chairman.

    Checkwell examines prospective employees backgrounds for criminal
records, credit history, and educational credentials. It also conducts exit
interviews and provides tools for measuring employee morale. Checkwell's
corporate clients range in size from 30 to 30,000 employees.

    Ieuan Wyn Jones, Minister for the Economy and Transport for the Wales
Assembly Government, hailed Checkwell's investment as further evidence that
efforts to attract more inward investment from the North American market by
the Assembly's International Business Wales team were proving effective.
Checkwell has received a Regional Selective Assistance grant from the Welsh
Assembly Government.

    "Checkwell's business model in North America is solid, and the company is
confident it can replicate that success in the UK," Jones said.

    "I am delighted that through the support of our international team
Checkwell has decided to establish its UK headquarters in Wales, creating a
significant number of highly quality graduate level jobs," he said.

    Wales attracted 67 foreign investment projects during the 2006-2007
financial year, compared with 51 the year before. The biggest success was
Amazon, which earlier this year announced the opening of new fulfillment
center in Swansea, creating 1,200 jobs.

    About International Business Wales (IBW)

    International Business Wales (IBW) is the economic development arm of the
Welsh Assembly Government with the responsibility of helping international
corporations locate operations in Wales, and with promoting international
trade by Welsh businesses. IBW can assist businesses in finding suitable
properties in Wales for their operations, help them in finding employees and
in obtaining financial assistance from the Welsh government, when appropriate.




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