Ex­pan­sion cre­ates 100 jobs in city

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By NICK REINIS

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.

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