New multi-million pound food production center, a “massive boost” for Spondon


Spondon will receive a “massive boost” from the creation of a huge food production center in the region, according to local leaders. The high-tech food manufacturing campus, known as SmartParc, will create thousands of jobs on 140 acres of the former Celanese site.

Earlier today it was announced that the government has agreed to provide £ 12million in funding to help set it up.

Work will begin in the first quarter of 2021 and a planned opening will take place later in the year. Full completion of the project is expected by 2024.

In addition to creating up to 4,500 direct jobs, the multi-million pound project would generate more jobs in the supply chain and across the local region.

Evonne Williams, a Spondon advisor, says the project offers the suburbs an “incredible opportunity” to profit, as she recovers from the Covid-19 crisis.

She said: “There is so much potential for direct jobs but also in the local supply chain.

“This is a massive boost to the local economy in Spondon and part of Derby’s broader stimulus package.

“Spondon advisor and head of the board, Chris Poulter played a major role in securing this agreement with the partners. ”

Ruth Bartlett, president of the Spondon Traders Association, described the news as “a beacon of hope” for local businesses hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown.

She said: “This is great news, and we hope it will bring much-needed attendance to the village of Spondon.

“We have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and the road resurfacing which has caused major problems, so this news is a beacon of hope for the future.

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“It will create jobs for the people of Spondon and make the village a more lively place.

“I hope there will be a ripple effect and that it will encourage people to come to the village and shop locally. ”

Derby City Council chief and Spondon councilor Chris Poulter said the government’s funding pledge was a huge vote of confidence in the city’s economic recovery strategy.

He said: “Over the past four months, we have done everything possible to support existing businesses, but also to seek opportunities for the future – to diversify our economy, improve our environmental credentials and make Derby a place to be. brilliant life and work. .

“Today’s announcement is a massive boost to these plans and we look forward to working with our partners to deliver these fantastic new projects. “


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