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Gallery Direct Creating Almost 100 New Warehouse Jobs In Derbyshire

13 Dec 2021

Gallery Direct Creating Almost 100 New Warehouse Jobs In Derbyshire

Furniture designer Gallery Direct is creating almost 100 new warehouse jobs at a site in Derbyshire.

The Markham Vale industrial area, near Chesterfield, will be used by Gallery Dİrect as their northern distribution hub and up to 90 packing and warehouse jobs could be up for grabs at the site.

Announcing the news, The Gallery Direct Group’s managing director, Peter Delaney, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have secured this prestigious facility in an amazing northern location. The fact is that this new property, combined with our southern warehouse and head office, further improves our distribution and operational capacity.”

“We will be able to serve 96 per cent of our clients’ requirements with one day delivery times, utilising our own home distribution fleet,” added Mr Delaney.

At the same time, Smurfit Kappa, a packaging firm already based at the same industrial site, has announced expansion plans which will create a further 20 vacancies at the Derbyshire site.

The firm’s general manager, Mark Hawkins, said: “We moved into a new state of the art purpose-built site back in 2015 as one of the first occupants on the Markham Vale development. Since then the site has grown to a turnover of over £40 million and recruited over 65 people locally.”

“Due to the growth of the site and Smurfit Kappa’s own expansion in the UK we now require a purpose built distribution centre which the new building gives us, being perfectly located next to junction 29A of the M1.”

“This new venture will create further jobs for the area and give people a great career opportunity working within Smurfit Kappa,” said the general manager.

Welcoming the news of over 100 new jobs being created by the two firms, local councillor Tony King, said: “We are delighted to welcome Gallery Direct to Markham Vale and see the expansion of Smurfit Kappa. Our central location makes Markham Vale an ideal distribution base for companies looking to cut their mileage and reduce their carbon footprint as well as meet the needs of their clients more quickly.”

“Smurfit Kappa’s focus on sustainability and innovation aligns with our own ambitions for attracting cleaner, greener growth. And we’re pleased that we’ve been able to come up with the goods for Gallery Direct which will soon be serving customers in the north of the country from Derbyshire instead of down south.”

“The fact that between them they bring 110 new jobs is excellent news for the local economy too,” added Councillor King.

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