400 NEW JOBS: Work starts on major development at flagship Derbyshire site

Derbyshire County Council's Head of Markham Vale Peter Storey, centre left, Great Bear Distribution's regional operations manager Peter Yarwood, centre right, pictured beside the Great Bear warehouse sign with (left to right) Steve Harriman, of Bowmer and Kirkland, Ed Hutchinson, of Henry Boot Developments, Ben Ward, of Henry Boot developments, and Ian Robinson, of Bowmer and Kirkland.

Derbyshire County Council's Head of Markham Vale Peter Storey, centre left, Great Bear Distribution's regional operations manager Peter Yarwood, centre right, pictured beside the Great Bear warehouse sign with (left to right) Steve Harriman, of Bowmer and Kirkland, Ed Hutchinson, of Henry Boot Developments, Ben Ward, of Henry Boot developments, and Ian Robinson, of Bowmer and Kirkland.

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Work to build the largest premises to date at a flagship site in Derbyshire has got underway, paving the way to create 400 new jobs.

Chester-based firm Great Bear Distribution is set to move into its new 480,000-square-foot office and distribution centre at Markham Vale, which is located off junction 29A of the M1 motorway, in July next year.

Established in 1994, the firm operates in 30 locations nationwide providing warehousing and distribution for clients such as PZ Cussons, BMW and Unilever.

Glenn Lindfield, chief executive of Great Bear Distribution, said: “Markham Vale was a firm choice for our company in terms of location and the potential we saw in the site.

“We’ll be bringing many jobs to Markham and we look forward to working with the local community.

“Location was a big factor when we decided to expand.

“We operate in 30 locations nationwide so with the site being just off the M1 motorway it was the perfect location for us and this is a great step forward for our company.”

The premises will be built by Derbyshire County Council’s private sector property partner, Henry Boot Developments.

Councillor Anne Western, county council leader, added: “Great Bear is the site’s biggest deal to date bringing the largest number of jobs in a single development. Creating more jobs at Markham is one of the council’s key priorities.

“It’s been a good year for the site so far – we’ve welcomed inspirepac, AW Repair Group, Meter Provida, Gould Alloys and we’ve got more deals in the pipeline.”