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New Trade & Retail Park To Create 300 Durham Jobs

25 Jan 2015

New Trade & Retail Park To Create 300 Durham Jobs

A new trade and retail park, yet to receive planning permission, could create up to 300 new retail jobs in Durham or other work opportunities, according to Andrew Ward, the man behind the development.

The park will cost an investment of £10 million but has already caught the interest of companies such as Kwik-Fit and McDonalds who would like a presence in the area. There is also scope for restaurants, cinemas, bars, leisure centres, gyms and other businesses to take up units at the new trade and retail development in County Durham.

Andrew Ward started out as a market trader but the entrepreneur is now the managing director of specialist clothing retailer Workwear Express, which could also potentially move its business and 100 employees to the retail park once it is complete.

Mr Ward said that, providing Durham County Council give the green light to the project, construction could get underway ‘almost immediately’ and that the first phase could be completed as early as this summer. Phase two would then follow quickly in its wake, according to the entrepreneur.

Summing up how important the development could be for the region, Mr Ward said: “We hope that the council will recognise the value of this scheme, which will create much-needed jobs at a time when unemployment in the region is the highest in the country. This scheme has the potential to be one of the most vibrant business hubs in the North of England. It will certainly be the catalyst for expansion at Workwear and our target is to double turnover to £20m by 2018.”

Peter Bartley, a director at Bradley Hall, the chartered surveyors who are trying to attract businesses to the trade and retail park, said that the site’s location, in close proximity to the A1, the East Coast Mainline and Newcastle airport, was a huge attraction for retailers.

“Andrew is one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the country with the vision to make schemes like this a reality. I have been amazed by the level of interest from national companies that want to set up a base on site, even though the units haven’t yet been formally put on the market,” said Mr Bartley.

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