Expansion creates 100 jobs in city
UP to 100 new jobs are to be created at a Peterborough distribution centre giving another welcome employment boost to the city.
Debenhams’ Distribution Centre, which is operated by DHL Supply Chain, is recruiting the permanent workers for its base in Flaxley Road, Kingston Park, Peterborough.
They hope to have the new workers in place by the end of July and two open days have been held on site to aid the recruitment process.
The site supports the Debenhams E-Commerce arm by packing and despatching customer orders generated from Debenhams’ internet business.
The jobs boost comes as a result of a £113.2 million contract between the two firms, which sees DHL continue to provide distribution services for Debenhams’ three UK centres until 2012.
Debenham’s head of logistics Paul Leggett said: “I am delighted to be able to bring this additional service to Peterborough, which leverages off the back of the operation set up to support Debenhams on both Amazon and eBay.
“Our ability to get up and running so quickly reflects the adaptability of the site and the commitment and willingness of DHL and their staff to work with us on the project.”
The news has been welcomed by North West Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara. Today, he said: “This is great news for the local area, I’m delighted to hear that a hundred new jobs are being created by Debenhams. Despite recent job losses, it is very good to see new jobs are being created. I hope that we keep on seeing investment in the area, showing that we’re open for business.”
The announcement comes hot on the heels of several others made in the past two weeks by major firms promising to bring around 2,000 jobs to the city.
Among the mass employment drive in the city are 180 jobs which will be created should a new care home in Bretton get the green light. The online retail giant Amazon is also looking to fill another 1,400 packaging jobs for its site, also in Kingston Park, while restaurant chains Frankie and Benny’s and Chiquitos have confirmed they are creating 60 new jobs with new eateries in Hampton.
Chief executive of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce John Bridge said the amount of jobs being created showed the city is well placed to come out of the recession.
He said: “The key thing is that this is another example why Peterborough is well placed to take advantage of the upturn in the economy.
“After the recent struggles and the challenging times, it suggests that Peterborough will be one of the cities in the UK in helping to solve the difficulties of the last few years.
“It’s also the human angle of the problem of people not having jobs to go to and clearly the focus has to be on supporting and helping businesses to create more and more jobs in the Peterborough area.”
BOOST: New jobs are being created at the Debenhams’ Distribution Centre, in Flaxley Road.