Hundreds of new jobs will be coming to the Daventry area in the next months with news of two new units opening.
The supermarket giant Tesco awarded a major five-year contract extension to Leeds-based Clipper Logistics.
Clipper says this will create up to 200 jobs in the short term, with significant potential for more jobs to be created in the longer term.
This comes in the same week another firm said it will also be creating 200 new jobs in the town – see below.
The Tesco deal means a new 400,000 sq ft warehouse and logistics facility will be created near Daventry.
Although the exact location has not been announced, it is likely to be at DIRFT or in Daventry itself.
MP for Daventry Chris Heaton-Harris said: “This is particularly good news as only yesterday [Wednesday] figures showed less than 900 people seeking work in the Daventry district.
“Having companies bringing jobs to the area is fundamentally good news for the town and local area, and I welcome anybody that’s bringing jobs into my constituency.”
Clipper has already worked with Asda, John Lewis and Harvey Nichols.
The deal relates to Tesco’s clothing arm and involves clothing destined for stores and home delivery.
Clipper says the new Daventry site is scheduled to undergo a significant refit in order to prepare for the new contract, which will create a ‘class leading solution’ for on-line clothing ordering and delivery.’
The first stock is expected to arrive at the site in August 2014 as the contract is introduced on a phased basis to ensure minimum disruption.
Also an international logistics firm with its UK headquarters in Northampton is opening a new unit in Daventry.
Norbert Dentressangle confirmed this week it will be opening a new operation in Daventry next month, creating 200 new jobs immediately with ‘substantially’ more in the coming year.
The company said the new site will house a ‘major e-commerce operation’ with a range of job roles being created. Although further details could not be confirmed by the time the Daventry Express went to print, the firm’s website advertises jobs at a unit on Nasmyth Road on the northern edge of the town and invites applications for an operation launching in Daventry in July, believed to be for Amazon.
A spokesman for the company said: “Our UK headquarters are in Northamptonshire and the company employs in excess of 1,000 people in and around Northamptonshire and Milton Keynes.
“Norbert Dentressangle invests heavily in organisational learning and development in line with its objective to fill 60 per cent of vacancies through internal promotion.
“Roles are still available – anyone interested should visit www.norbert-dentressangle.co.uk or call 01604 737166.”