TWO new faces have joined a fast-growing East Lancashire IT firm.

Arlene Hardman and James Horner have taken up respective positions as office/accounts manager and senior network engineer at Holker Network Solutions, which has offices in Burnley and Colne.

Mother-of-two Arlene, who lives in Salterforth, has worked in office management in the Burnley area for 30 years.

Former St Theodore's High pupil James, 21, who lives in Ighten Hill, arrives after being made redundant when his former employer went into receivership.

Managing director Matthew Metcalfe forecasts more new recruits jumping on board in the coming months.

He said: “We are moving forward very quickly. But, while that is obviously good news, we are very conscious of always having the right levels of staffing in terms of quality and numbers, to be able to fully service and satisfy all our clients. Arlene and James are taking up key roles and we have plans for further recruitment later this year.”