A new development bringing more than 60 jobs to Markham Vale is helping to boost the Derbyshire economy having taken on 20 local unemployed people, most of whom are aged 18-24.
Euro Garages, one of the leading UK independent forecourt operators, worked with Derbyshire County Council and Job Centre Plus to help recruit staff for the development which is due to open on the council’s flagship regeneration site next week.
Facilities will include a new Shell petrol forecourt including for HGVs, SPAR convenience store, Subway, Greggs and a Starbucks Drive-Thru together with public toilets, seating area and a free cash machine. All facilities will be open 24 hours a day.
Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: “It is great news that Euro Garages has decided to set up at Markham bringing another 63 jobs to the area and we are pleased we were able to help unemployed people find work at the new site, including young people.
“Markham Vale is going from strength to strength attracting more companies to Derbyshire because of the site’s location in the centre of England and its excellent transport links.”
Ilyas Munshi, Commercial Director at Euro Garages, said: “Markham Vale Services is an exciting addition to our national estate portfolio of nearly 180 forecourt retail sites and it is the first development where we have partnered up with Henry Boot Developments.
“Euro Garages have been actively supported by stakeholders including Derbyshire County Council and local agencies with a view to delivering much needed jobs and economic prosperity. In summary, we want local people and commuters in and around Derbyshire to have access to world-class facilities.”
The county council has invested £77 million to reclaim the former mining area at Markham, between Chesterfield and Bolsover, with the long term aim of creating 5,000 jobs.
Working with development partner Henry Boot Development Limited, in the last year alone the council has lined-up developments promising to bring 500 jobs to the site.
Vivienne Clements, Director of Henry Boot Developments comments: “The opening of Euro Garages at Markham Vale is the next piece of the jigsaw in delivering a comprehensive offer for existing and new occupiers together with their work force.”
Last month the Government announced plans to expand Markham Vale Enterprise Zone bringing enterprise status to another 18 hectares of land on Markham Vale and offering benefits for businesses setting up in the area including tax breaks from Government.
And in February, Markham Vale received a £14.2m boost after successfully bidding for Government cash to open up prime economic development land.