News - 13 April 2016

Car parts maker puts Enterprise Zone on road to even more jobs

A leading car parts manufacturer’s relocation to a new site on a Derbyshire Enterprise Zone – invested in by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – is set to create around 400 jobs for the area.

Ferdinand Bilstein UK Ltd manufactures and distributes car parts for global names including Ford, Land RoverMercedes Benz and Porsche. It will move its operations in Kent and Pontefract to a new 224,966 square foot distribution centre at the Markham Vale Enterprise Zone’s North Site, close to Chesterfield and junction 29a of the M1 motorway. The move is due to be completed by December (2016).

D2N2 – the private sector-led Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) promoting economic growth and jobs in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – and its neighbour the Sheffield City Region LEP jointly invest in developing the Markham Vale site. For example, they are part-funding (with Derbyshire County Council) the £7.5million Seymour Link Road, to provide motorway access from Markham Vale to junction 29a of the M1, which is due to be completed by October 2016.

The move by Ferdinand Bilstein UK Ltd will initially create 150 new jobs, with a further 250 expected in future years.

A series of events have been organised to update people on the latest developments at Markham Vale. There will also be a chance to speak to Ferdinand Bilstein UK representatives about the jobs they will have available. The events will take place:

  • Tonight (Wednesday April 13), from 3pm to 7pm at the Albert Inn, Woodthorpe Road, Woodthorpe (postcode S43 3BZ)
  • Wednesday April 20, from 3pm to 7pm, at Duckmanton Methodist Church, Duckmanton Road, Duckmanton (S44 5EB)
  • Wednesday April 27, from 1.30pm to 5.30pm, at Poolsbrook Miners Welfare, Cottage Close, Poolsbrook. (S43 3LP).

Paul Dodgson, Operations Director at Ferdinand Bilstein UK said: “We made the decision to move to Markham Vale as the development offers excellent transport links to the main motorway network, which was a key requirement of ours.

He added: “Our relocation to Markham Vale was mainly due to how close we can be to some of our biggest UK customers. We are excited to become a part of this high-profile development.”

Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Anne Western, added: “We’re committed to building a strong economy in Derbyshire and Ferdinand Bilstein UK’s move to Markham will bring more business into the county.”

Enterprise Zones, like Markham Vale, offer businesses locating there tax and business rate reductions. Through its Local Growth Fund (LGF), D2N2 also invests in the Nottingham and Derby Enterprise Zone; which includes sites in Greater Nottingham and Infinity Park, near Derby.

For more information on the Markham Vale Enterprise Zone, and to enquire about possible space for your business, CLICK HERE.

For further information on Enterprise Zones, CLICK HERE.

To learn more about Local Growth Fund support for projects in D2N2’s area, CLICK HERE.

Media wanting more information about the above release can contact Sam Burbage, Social Media and Marketing Officer, at the D2N2 LEP, on 0115 9578254, or by email:

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