Up to 400 new jobs are set to be created at Derbyshire County Council’s flagship regeneration site with the opening of a new distribution centre at Markham Vale.
Chester-based firm Great Bear Distribution will move into a purpose-built warehouse and offices – Markham’s biggest development to date bringing the largest number of jobs in a single development.
Established in 1994, Great Bear Distribution operates in 30 locations nationwide providing warehousing and distribution for clients such as Sainsbury’s, BMW, and Unilever.
Glenn Lindfield, CEO of Great Bear Distribution, said: “Bringing our business to Markham Vale is a positive step forward for our company.
“The site is exactly what we’ve been looking for with tailor-made facilities in a prime location just off Junction 29A of the M1 motorway, providing easy access to our customers and other bases across the UK.
“We look forward to becoming part of Markham’s growing network of companies.”
Work to build the 479,285 sq ft development is expected to start in autumn this year and reach completion in spring 2016.
The premises are situated next to Markham Vale’s Environment Centre and will be built by the county council’s private sector property partner, Henry Boot Developments, on the site off Junction 29A of the M1 motorway.
Peter Storey, head of Markham Vale, said: “Great Bear Distribution will be a real feather in Markham’s cap bringing 400 jobs which is great news for the Derbyshire economy. Markham’s fantastic transport links next to the M1 make the perfect choice for a wide range of businesses and we look forward to welcoming even more companies to the site this year and in the future.”
Existing occupiers at Markham Vale include, AW Repair Group, MSE Hiller, Squadron Medical, Industrial Ancillaries, Andrew Page, Holdsworth Foods and Ready Egg Products.
Ben Ward, at Henry Boot Developments, said: “This last year has been exceptional for Markham Vale with six major deals and a huge amount of development activity.”
The regeneration site is one of the UK’s biggest Enterprise Zone Developments with the final phase, which is a further 100 acres currently being prepared for development using a £14.2m Government grant awarded through the Sheffield City Region’s Enterprise Zone.