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Sir Peter Ricketts, Permanent Under Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office visited Teleperformance in Bangor on Friday 27th March. Mr Ricketts was accompanied by Sir Anthony Carey, High Commissioner of Canada.

During times of disaster or crisis Teleperformance can be ready within hours to handle hundreds of thousands of calls in response to local or global crisis. Such as the recent civil unrest in Bangkok and the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, providing advice and help to British passport holders who find themselves stranded abroad.

Mr Ricketts commented: “Working with Teleperformance allows the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to provide the British passport holder with correct and current advice 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. This enables them to make an informed decision regarding their travel arrangements.”

Jeff Smith Chairman and Chief Executive of Teleperformance comments: “We are delighted to be creating more jobs in Northern Ireland. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Travel Advice contact centre is an excellent example of the type of public service we are able to provide.”

Teleperformance is one of Northern Ireland’s largest employers with over 2000 employees in contact centres in Bangor and Newry. Teleperformance has managed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Consular Contact Centre since 2003 and is one of the most high profile public services assisting and supporting thousands of travellers every week.

Teleperformance specialise in contact centre services for Central Government, offering scalability, the ability to quickly deploy high calibre agents for diverse and complex services, and security clearance areas.

Last month Teleperformance and Invest NI announced a major expansion which will deliver £10m annually into the local economy through the creation of 610 new jobs.

Notes to editors:

• Photo attached l-r Agnes Eaton, FCO agent at Teleperformance, Sir Peter Ricketts and Jeff Smith Chairman and Chief Executive at Teleperformance.

• Teleperformance is part of the world’s largest contact centre outsourcer, the Teleperformance Group.

• For more information on Teleperformance please visit www.teleperformance.co.uk or contact Tina Stanley, Tina Stanley & Associates PR Tel/fax +44 (0)1491 410250 or Email tina@tinastanleyassoc.com

• For more information on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office please contact Mark Mann +44 (0)20 7008 6101 Email mark.mann@fco.gov.uk or visit www.fco.gov.uk

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