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Lidl to create 500 new jobs in Peterborough

Lidl to plans to open a regional distribution centre in Peterborough. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/PA Images

Supermarket chain Lidl has announced plans to open a new regional distribution centre in Peterborough. It says this will create up to 500 jobs in the area.

The centre is set to be Lidl's largest in Britain and is part of the company's plan to invest £1.45bn in the UK this year and next. The centre will manage the supply and distribution of food and other items in the region.

Lidl has exchanged contracts on a 34-acre site at Gateway Peterborough, off Junction 17 of the A1. It will now seek planning consent for the project.

"Peterborough is ideally located and we’re pleased to be bringing more jobs to the local community”.

– Adrienne Howells, Lidl Head of Warehouse Expansion

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Jobs under threat at Suffolk book printers

Jobs are under threat at Clays Book printers in Suffolk

One hundred and twenty jobs are said to be under threat at the Harry Potter book printers Clays of Bungay in Suffolk after the company lost a major contract.

Clays employs 700 people on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Britain's largest union Unite, which represents the majority of the workforce, says it will mount a strong campaign to save the jobs.

Factory workers await news

The future of a closure threatened food processing plant in Corby should become clearer this week.

Consultation on the plan to shut Solway foods with the loss of 900 jobs concludes today.

Solway Foods is the town's second largest employer, but says the factory, which opened in 1988, is no longer viable.

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Apprenticeship success despite rising youth unemployment

Unemployment is falling across the region, but it's not good news for our youngsters.

Around one in five people aged between 16 and 24 are out of work in the east. Nationally the number of young jobless is nearing one million.

As the number of young job seekers continues to grow attention is focusing once again on apprenticeships as a way of solving the problem.

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