Jobs boost for Derbyshire at flagship regeneration site

County Hall, Matlock.
County Hall, Matlock.

Over 120 jobs will be created after a leading firm signed a deal to invest in Derbyshire County Council’s flagship regeneration site.

Car parts distributor Andrew Page Limited is setting up its new national distribution centre at Markham Vale, which the county council is developing with partner Henry Boot Developments Limited.

Work will begin next month to build the distribution centre with completion expected in August.

Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This is fantastic news for our Markham Vale regeneration scheme.

“A major company like Andrew Page coming to the site shows the investment we have made as the solid foundation for our long-term aim of creating 5,000 jobs.

“Markham is the only site along the M1 corridor to be building new units in difficult economic times and is ideally positioned for strong growth as the economy improves.”

Derbyshire County Council and Henry Boot Developments Limited are working to attract national and local companies to the 200-acre former coalfield site, just off the purpose-built junction 29A of the M1.

Ben Ward, senior development surveyor at Henry Boot Developments Limited, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew Page to Markham Vale.

“This will be the biggest facility to be constructed so far at Markham and we are pleased that the scheme is establishing itself as the region’s premier business location.”

Leeds-based Andrew Page has 62 branches, employing over 1,600 people, and is one of the UK’s largest distributors of car components, workshop equipment and tools.

Mark Roberts, managing director of Andrew Page, said: “Markham Vale has excellent communication links, immediate access to the M1 motorway and is the ideal location for our national distribution facility.

“The development supports our expansion plans as a leading supplier of quality parts and we are delighted to bring 120 jobs to Derbyshire.”

JOB CREATION: Derbyshire County Council Deputy Leader Councillor Simon Spencer, centre left, Henry Boot Development Limited senior development surveyor Ben Ward, left, Andrew Page logistical operations director Paul Mohan, and Councillor Sue Allsop, Derbyshire County Council Cabinet Support Member for Regeneration.