David Cameron hailed South Yorkshire as one of the ‘engines of our economy’ - before figures were expected to be revealed today showing continued growth.
The Prime Minister visited the vast ASOS internet shopping depot, which now employs 3,000 people at the site of the former Grimethorpe Colliery, Barnsley.
The £60 million warehouse only opened in 2010. It is set to take on a further 200 staff by the end of the year - and could expand by a further 1,500 in the next 12 to 18 months.
Mr Cameron said: “South Yorkshire is one of the engines of our economy. There have been huge changes in the area over the last few years but we want to make it easier for businesses to continue to grow and expand.
“ASOS is a very impressive company and I hope more businesses can grow in the same way.
“We have one million more people across the country in employment since the 2010 election, and jobs growth in the Yorkshire region is the highest of anywhere outside the South East.”
Mr Cameron said the Government was trying to tackle long-term and youth unemployment – highlighted as continuing problems by South Yorkshire’s Labour MPs – through growing the economy and providing better training qualifications.
Nick Robertson, chief executive of ASOS, said: “We are very proud of what we are doing in South Yorkshire. The centre serves 237 countries and is our largest centre in the world.”