Packaging firm wraps up move

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Up to 100 jobs could be created when a Chesterfield packaging firm expands into new premises on Derbyshire County Council’s flagship regeneration site.

Inspirepac will move into a new warehouse and office building being constructed at Markham Vale, the business park straddling junction 29A of the M1.

The new premises will house state-of-the-art printing, die-cutting and gluing machinery as part of a £6m investment to help transform the company’s £46m group of businesses.

The firm has existing sites at Sheepbridge in Chesterfield, Dronfield, Wetherby and Runcorn in Cheshire.

Inspirepac, which supplies PepsiCo, Bacardi, Thorntons, Kimberley Clark, 3M and Unilever, employs 260 people including 110 staff at its Sheepbridge headquarters. A further 100 jobs will be created at the new site long-term.

Chris Marples, Inspirepac chief executive, said: “We are delighted to secure new premises at Markham Vale. This new site, combined with further planned investment in 2016, will enable the group to grow beyond £90m in the next five years, with the opportunity of creating up to 100 further jobs over this period.

“Local investment and new jobs are essential for the region and we are pleased to be playing our part in helping the local community and give job security and longevity to our existing employees.”

Anne Western, leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “Inspirepac is a great ambassador for Derbyshire business. It’s embracing the latest technology to be a leader in its field and bring contracts from big name companies to Derbyshire.

“We’re delighted they chose Markham.”