More than 550 jobs have been created at Derbyshire County Council’s flagship regeneration site Markham Vale – with a further 200 still to come, new figures reveal.
The site, next to junction 29A of the M1, is home to 28 businesses and helped create 565 jobs – an increase of 208 on the previous year.
Coun Joan Dixon, cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, said: “We are delighted Markham Vale is going from strength to strength and helped create many jobs in the last year for local people.
“We are committed to building a strong Derbyshire economy that creates jobs and grows businesses and Markham Vale plays a key role in helping us achieve this.
“The long-term aim is to help create 5,000 jobs and we will continue to work hard to attract more companies to reach this goal.”
New businesses which have opened or are set to in the next few months will help to create an extra 200 jobs.
They include Northern Ireland’s biggest egg processor Ready Egg Products, which is developing a manufacturing facility, and Derbyshire food firm Holdsworth, which set up on Markham Vale four years ago and is building a new warehouse and cold store.
Work has also started to unlock a further 81 acres of land on the old Seymour Colliery site.