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JOBS INSIDE For the latest local news and information visit leicestermercury.co.uk/jobs 8 PAGES OF VACANCIES 161 VACANCIES ADVERTISED leicestermercury.co.uk Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Saints Care Agency Limited 111 Ross Walk, Leicester, LE4 5HH. www.saintscareltd.co.uk ©LW PRINT ONLINE MOBILE It’s a jobs jamboree Business is booming in Leicestershire – creating thousands of new jobs in the process. TOM PEGDEN reports here EXPANDING Top left, clockwise The DPD complex, in Hinckley; Magna Park; the Everards site next to Fosse Park and the BT distribution centre, Magna Park ❝ Hinckley gives us significant scope to expand our capacity and allows us to stay one step ahead of our competitors where it employs 100 people, to a smaller site nearby. Enderby-based Next will close its two Fosse Park stores after creating the three-storey superstore on the neighbouring 13-acre site, known as Castle Acres. The fashion group said about 500 staff would relocate from the two stores in Fosse Park, with up to 100 new jobs being created. The other 600 jobs would be created by other retailers setting up at the new site. Planning applications for both the Castle Acres and Soar Valley Way develop- ments are due to be submitted to Blaby District Council. If given the go-ahead, the sites should be open by the end of 2017. In Hinckley, DPD – another parcel company – is recruiting for 1,000 new posts at a vast new parcel depot on a 32-acre site near the A5 and M69. DPD has spent £100 million building the 360,000 sq ft warehouse and is now recruiting parcel loaders, managers, vehicle maintenance staff, HGV mechanics and security, admin and IT staff. DPD chief executive Dwain McDonald said: “Hinckley gives us significant scope to expand our capacity and allows us to stay one step ahead of the growth in the online parcel market and our competitors.” The Hinckley depot will increase the company’s parcel capacity by more than 65 per cent as it seeks to take a bigger share of the market. It has already won contracts to deliver parcels for John Lewis and Marks & Spencer. DPD employs more than 7,000 people in the UK, operating 3,000 vehicles from more than 50 locations. LDM-E01-S3 LM03 Dwain McDonald, DPD There will be a further 500 construction jobs during the building of the business park. South of Leicester, developers hope to create a new shopping centre next to Fosse Park, with 700 new posts. Between 20 and 30 stores could be set up on land currently occupied by Everards Brewery, close to junction 21 of the M1. It would include a 90,000 sq ft Next store selling fashion, homeware and gardening equipment. Under the plan, Everards would relocate its brewery, 1 THOUSANDS of new jobs are being created in distribution, warehousing, office work and retail in the county. A series of major developments will create more than 11,000 new posts over the coming months and years. Some 6,000 new jobs are expected if plans for a big expansion at Magna Park, Lutterworth, get the go-ahead. Part of the expansion involves existing tenant DHL which wants to create 1,000 jobs in a new one million sq ft warehouse. Other existing tenants at Magna Park, which employs more than 9,000 workers, include Argos, Asda, Honda, Toyota, BT and Panasonic. As reported in the Mercury, revised plans for the expansion go on show to the public on Friday. Plans have also been drawn up to for a multi-million pound expansion of Watermead Business Park, in Syston, creating 3,500 jobs. Developers Raynsway Estates have been given permission to develop a 58acre site next to the Grand Union Canal. Under the plans, the former quarry and farmland site, off Wanlip Road, will see offices developed, as well as light industrial units, a hotel and cafe, pub and restaurant. Planning documents state: “When developed, the proposal will provide about 3,500 jobs, based on current job density estimates and depending on which development scenario is realised.”