400 distribution jobs for Chesterfield

Markham Vale from the air
Markham Vale from the air
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Up to 400 jobs are set to be created in Chesterfield after a distribution company announced it was moving to business park Markham Vale.

Great Bear Distribution will move into purpose-built premises in spring 2016. It will be the biggest number of new jobs on the park in a single deal.

Markham Vale is Derbyshire County Council’s flagship regeneration site. It straddles the M1 and has its own motorway junction, 29A.

Established in 1994, Chester-based Great Bear Distribution has 30 sites nationwide and clients including Sainsbury’s, BMW, and Unilever.

Glenn Lindfield, chief executive of Great Bear, 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, 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.”

The new premises will be next to Markham Vale’s Environment Centre and will be built by the county council’s private sector property partner, Henry Boot Developments.

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.

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: “We are delighted to secure such a ground-breaking deal with Great Bear Distribution.

“This last year has been exceptional for Markham Vale with six major deals and a huge amount of development activity.

“We have worked very closely with Great Bear Distribution in designing this facility to meet their requirements and many of the features are at the forefront of technology.”

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.

In January Henry Boot said it had appointed six different contractors to build at Markham after announcing speculative building proposals and five major deals in 2014.

Some £30m of construction projects have been commissioned on the 200-acre business park.

Derbyshire County Council hopes it will eventually bring 5,000 new jobs to the area and £130m of private investment. It also aims to transform it, promising environmental landscaping, new planting and trails and habitats for plants and wildlife.

Henry Boot Developments spokesman Edward Hutchinson said: “Markham Vale is an attractive location for a variety of occupiers which includes specialist distributors and manufacturers and supporting retail and offices requirements. The design and specification for each plot vary and it has proved successful for us to appoint contractors.”