The Markham Vale site, close to junction 29A of the M1, near Chesterfield, has recently welcomed national specialist provider of corrugated packaging, Inspirepac. Work on its new 100,250 square foot unit – which has space for up to 6,000 pallets – was completed in June of this year (2015) and is one of six Inspirepac facilities across the UK.
Inspirepac have leased the space at Markham Vale for 20 years, in a deal with Henry Boot Developments and join a diverse range of companies who have taken up residence at the site. These include logistics company Great Bear Distribution, utility meter supplier Meter Provida and metal distribution company Gould Alloys. Job creation across the Enterprise Zone already stands at 730 full-time jobs.
Chris Marples, CEO of Inspirepac
Markham Vale, on the site of the former Seymour Colliery, is one of the largest Enterprise Zones in the country and the only one covered by two Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), one of which is D2N2. D2N2 is a partnership of business, local authorities, and skills and training providers which works to promote economic growth and create jobs in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Both D2N2 and the Sheffield City Region LEP are investing in development of the Markham Vale site. Like many other Enterprise Zones around the country it is former industrial, or previously under-developed, land made attractive for business relocation through advantages such as reduced business rates and Government-funded superfast broadband.
Chris Marples, CEO of Inspirepac and former D2N2 Board Member (Pictured) said: “We’re really pleased with the recent deal. Despite tight timescales and the scale of this project, Henry Boot Developments have helped us deliver an environmentally friendly and energy efficient building that suits the needs of our business perfectly. The process was seamless, and the result a first class job.”
David Ralph, D2N2 Chief Executive, added: “Enterprise Zone development is at the core of the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan and key to delivering our strategy of creating 55,000 new private sector jobs in key industries, over ten years.”
D2N2 also covers the Derby and Nottingham Enterprise Zone which includes the Boots Enterprise Zone, Nottingham Medipark, Beeston Business Park and Nottingham Science Park in Nottinghamshire; and Infinity Park in Derby.