NEW JOBS: Roles created as company relocates to flagship Derbyshire site

Representatives cut the first sod on Meter Provida's new base at Markham Vale.
Representatives cut the first sod on Meter Provida's new base at Markham Vale.

A further 20 new jobs are set to be created at Markham Vale after a company announced it was relocating to the flagship site.

Meter Provida is preparing to move from its current base on Broombank Business Park in Chesterfield to Markham Vale near Bolsover.

Work has already started to build a new 40,000 square foot unit for the firm which supplies gas, water and electric metering products.

Tim Houtby, managing director at Meter Provida, said: “We are very excited to move to Markham Vale.

“We’re seeing a significant increase in interest in the services and products we supply and our bigger premises will help us to attract more business by increasing our product range which means creating more jobs.

“Location was an important factor for us when looking for a new base.

“We needed good access to major transport routes but wanted to stay local to minimise disruption for our existing staff, making Markham Vale the perfect choice.”

Meter Provida is expected to open its new premises at Markham Vale in November.

Councillor Anne Western, leader of Derbyshire County Council, said: “This is more good news for Markham having just signed a ground-breaking deal with Great Bear Distribution which will bring 400 jobs to the site next year.

“We look forward to Meter Provida joining our growing business community at Markham Vale which continues to flourish with a steady stream of enquiries from new businesses looking to relocate or expand.”

Meter Provida is the latest in a line of companies to acquire premises on the sprawling site off junction 29A of the M1.

Existing occupiers include AW Repair Group, MSE Hiller, Squadron Medical, Industrial Ancillaries, Andrew Page, Holdsworth Foods, Ready Egg Products and Euro Garages.

Work to transform Markham Vale started in 2006 and much of the site has now been developed.

The development is centred around the mostly derelict Markham Colliery site.

With an investment of £88million, the Markham Vale project is transforming the area into a business and industrial park offering more three million square feet of commercial floor space.

Eventually, Markham Vale will bring about 5,000 new jobs to the area and £130m of private investment, according to the county council.

Planning consent for the scheme was led by the county council and agreed by Chesterfield Borough, North East Derbyshire District and Bolsover District councils.