Derbyshire County Council’s flagship regeneration site Markham Vale has revealed its latest jobs figures with a further 200 still to come.
The site which is situated next to junction 29A of the M1 is currently home to 28 businesses and has so far helped to create 565 jobs – an increase of 208 on the previous year.
Councillor Joan Dixon, Derbyshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Jobs, Economy and Transport, said: "We are delighted that Markham Vale is going from strength to strength and helped to create many jobs in the last year for local people.
“We are committed to building a strong Derbyshire economy that creates jobs and grows businesses and Markham Vale plays a key role in helping us achieve this.
“The long-term aim is to help create 5,000 jobs and we will continue to work hard to attract more companies to reach this goal.”
New businesses which have recently opened or are set to in the next few months will help to create an extra 200 jobs.
These include Northern Ireland’s biggest egg processor Ready Egg Products which is developing a manufacturing facility and Derbyshire food company Holdsworth which set up a base on Markham Vale four years ago and is building a new warehouse and cold store.
And thanks to funding of £14.2 million from the Government and £12.5m from the county council’s private sector developer Henry Boot Developments Ltd, work has started to unlock a further 81 acres of land on the former Seymour Colliery site.
The work is expected to generate £82 million of private sector investment and create capacity to bring an estimated 2,100 jobs to the area.