63 jobs served up at motorway pit-stop

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A 24-hour garage featuring a Subway, Greggs and Starbucks Drive-Thru, has opened on Markham Vale business park near Chesterfield, creating 60 jobs.

Euro Garages will run the operation which includes a Shell forecourt and a Spar supermarket.

The firm worked with site owners Derbyshire County Council and Job Centre Plus to recruit staff, including 20 local unemployed people, most of whom are under 24.

Markham Vale, at Junction 29A of the M1, is the council’s flagship regeneration site where it has a long term aim of creating 5,000 jobs. So far the total is 560, plus 200 more “committed”.

Coun Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for jobs said: “It is great news that Euro Garages has decided to set up at Markham, bringing 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.”

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 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 £77m to reclaim the former mining area. An Enterprise Zone offering tax breaks and fast-track planning, it has received a £14m Government grant to expand.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles visited earlier this week.