Developments in Warrington, Northants and Bolton
Eddie Stobart to create jobs after £75m hub secures approval
Eddie Stobart Logistics is set to create new jobs after securing approval to build a £75m distribution centre in Warrington.
The 634,910 sq ft facility is earmarked for a site on Barleycastle Lane, which sits adjacent to its existing campus.
Work is expected to begin in the autumn ahead of a proposed completion by the end of 2020.
Chief executive Alex Laffey said:
"The national distribution centre will deliver real investment and create 480 jobs and training opportunities for Warrington. Our plans will also see more than £6m invested into the local road network for the benefit of all road users.
"Over the next 18 months we will work closely with Warrington & Co to make sure that Warrington residents and businesses are at the front of the queue for the opportunities provided at the national distribution centre.
"We are proud to have our national headquarters in Warrington and are committed to support the ambitions Warrington Borough Council has for economic growth and job creation."
Separately, Eddie Stobart Logistics has taken on the entire first phase spec build programme at Panattoni Park in Northampton as a pre-let.
Panattoni is to develop three buildings for Eddie Stobart.
“New contracts for our business have meant we require more high- quality space,” said Sebastien Desreumaux, chief executive contract, logistics and warehousing, including iForce.
“Our occupation at Panattoni Park Northampton will allow our business to fulfil these contracts and to continue our UK wide network consolidation plan. The Park offers us high quality space in a strategic location on a campus setting. Eddie Stobart, iForce and The Pallet Network (TPN), occupy over 1.25m sq ft of warehousing space within 15 miles of Panattoni Park.
“The opportunity at Panattoni Park provides the unique position for the business and one which allows us to continue to service existing customers to further use our current workforce while operating from this high-quality development,” he added.
And finally, the University of Bolton has launched a pioneering degree course in partnership with Eddie Stobart. The three-year BSc degree programme in Logistics & Supply Chain Management guarantees a graduate job for successful students.
Students will be interviewed by representatives of both the University and Eddie Stobart before being accepted on the course. They will combine classroom learning with a variety of work placements and get the opportunity to be exposed to all key areas of the business.
Once they have successfully completed the degree, they will be taken on in a graduate job role in the company.
The University is now inviting applications for the degree programme, which will start its first cohort in the forthcoming academic year (2019-20)