Maria Bailey Planning has expanded from the High Street into a brand new office unit in Bideford.

A Bideford-based business is celebrating expanding into a new office.

Maria Bailey Planning started two years ago and was based in Bideford High Steet.

Maria had been working a self-employed planning agent since 2011, but took the leap to turn her venture into a limited company in 2015.

She now employs six people and said she is proud to have stopped people moving out of the area.

“They were all graduates who would probably have had to move out of Bideford to work in this field,” she said.

“So it’s lovely we’ve managed to keep them in the area.”

Maria said the new premises in Clovelly Road Industrial Estate would provide faster broadband and allow them to work more efficiently.

She said: “I’m really, really pleased we are all set up here now and I’m really proud of everyone on the team.”

The former president of the Chamber of Commerce said she will be helping work on the SS Freshspring project to benefit the town.