New jobs on the way at M&S hub in Sheffield

Sheffield International Rail Freight Terminal.
Sheffield International Rail Freight Terminal.
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Hundreds of jobs are set to be created in Sheffield after retailer Marks and Spencer announced it was moving into two warehouses in the city.

The high street chain is letting both warehouses at the Sheffield International Rail Freight Terminal in Tinsley, taking up 647,000 square feet of space on a 10-year lease.

Marks and Spencer is understood to be transferring its visual merchandise and store equipment from its hub in Bradford to Sheffield, as part of a new logistics network.

The M&S distribution centre in Bradford will now focus on clothing and home products.

It is believed more than 300 jobs could be created in Sheffield.

The announcement follows news that Ark Home Healthcare, which provides care to older people in their own homes, is moving to a new headquarters on Castlegate, creating another 100 jobs.

More roles will be created when the Government’s Business Bank arrives in the city, while the new Aldi distribution centre in Goldthorpe will bring another 400 jobs to the region.

Council leader Julie Dore said: “This is just another example of confidence in Sheffield.

“Sheffield is at the heart of the UK and is ideally located to provide businesses with a central point to distribute across the country.

“We are committed to supporting business, to bringing new jobs and opportunities for local people.”

James Newman, chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said he was ‘looking forward’ to M&S moving in.

“The region continues to be the number one logistics choice for market leaders and M&S will be joining the likes of Amazon, Next, DHL and many others.

“The M&S news will further boost our growing logistics sector, which already has an economic output of £930 million and employs 31,000 people. Our logistics sector has some of the highest levels of forecast employment growth and creates hundreds of jobs every year.”