Business expansion
United Kingdom
Wales; West Wales and The Valleys; Swansea
Location of affected unit(s)
Administrative Services
Office Administrative, Office Support And Other Business Support Activities
Office Administrative, Office Support And Other Business Support Activities
82 - Office administrative, office support and other business support activities

125 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
22 August 2007
Employment effect (start)
22 August 2007
Foreseen end date
22 August 2009


Checkwell Decision Corporation, a Canadian firm that checks the backgrounds of employees, is to open a new site in Swansea and create 125 jobs for University graduates over the next two years. The site will become the firm’s UK headquarters, and the firm will offer services including credit, background and criminal record checks on people applying for jobs as well as reference verification. The firm has received funding from the Welsh Assembly Government to open in Wales, and will offer its services to the banking, insurance, education and business sectors in the UK and Europe. Welsh Assembly Government Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said the ‘niche’ market was worth around £200m a year in the UK. He stated:

‘Although relatively new to the UK, it is a tried and tested business model in North America and the company is confident they can replicate that success in the UK.’

‘It may well serve as a catalyst that could open up a new market sector placing Checkwell and Swansea in pole position to exploit these new opportunities.’

Dean Drysdale, chairman of Checkwell Decision Corporation, said, ‘With the support of the Welsh Assembly Government, we are delighted to have a base in Swansea.’

‘With a well-qualified graduate population this will be a great base for our company.’


  • 22 August 2007: BBC News


Eurofound (2007), Checkwell Decision Corporation, Business expansion in United Kingdom, factsheet number 65721, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65721.