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Traders excited about revamped Victorian market hall

One of Burton-on-Trent's newest traders at the Victoria Market Hall is Simon Kirby from Sutton Coldfield.

Speaking on his first day of trading in the newly opened hall after its £1.5 million refurbishment, he said it was a great asset to Burton, as there is nothing like it where he's from in Sutton!

In pictures: Historic market hall reopens after £1.5m revamp

Historic market hall reopens after £1.5m revamp

Burton Market Hall opened in 1883 but has been closed since last year for the refurbishment work Credit: ITV News Central/Kelly Wright

Burton-on-Trent's Victorian market hall opened its doors again today after a £1.5 million pound revamp.

The historic hall is 131 years old, and closed in July last year for the refurbishment. The work included bringing the upper level back into use.

Today was the market's grand opening, and the council hopes it'll be a focal point for shoppers Credit: ITV News Central/Kelly Wright

It's hoped the new retail space will encourage specialist food and craft traders to set up shop in town.

The upper deck has been restored for use by the public for the first time in years Credit: ITV News Central/Kelly Wright

East Staffordshire Borough Council said:

Since its original opening in 1883, this iconic Victorian market hall has been an intrinsic part of community life and will remain an important feature of Burton's identity after its extensive redevelopment."

The market hall still retains many of its Victorian features but has been modernised for market traders Credit: ITV News Central/Kelly Wright

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221 year old saddle making business goes under

221 year old Walsall business goes under Credit: ITV News Central

A 221 year old horse saddle making business based in Walsall has gone into administration. Jabez Cliff Limited was known for its Barnsby brand.

The company held a Royal Warrant and made saddles for The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Household Cavalry.

The company's 26 staff have been made redundant and the business has closed. The administrators say they hope the Barnsby brand name can be sold and will be carried on.

Politicians full of praise for Rushden Lakes development

The generation of 2,000 new jobs as a result of the £50m Rushden Lakes scheme, has been welcomed by MP for Wellingborough and Rushden, Peter Bone.

Peter Bone MP Credit: ITV Anglia

Mr Bone praised the government for helping to secure a major investment for Northamptonshire, saying:

The Listening Team has helped secure a major investment in East Northamptonshire, with David Cameron's Government having listened. Under the previous Labour Government, our community was not only starved of new infrastructure, but actually had major public services withdrawn...

...This is clear evidence that David Cameron's Long Term Economic Plan is working.

Tom Pursglove, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Corby & East Northamptonshire, also weighed in, saying:

The decision to grant planning permission for the Rushden Lakes development is a huge boost for our area. Local people have campaigned vigorously for this development and this victory is testament to their efforts - particularly those of 'Yes to Rushden Lakes'...

...This decision is evidence that the Prime Minister's Long Term Economic Plan is working and is delivering for local people.

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Corby MP Andy Sawford: "Rushden Lakes will provide a great boost to jobs and the local economy"

Andy Sawford MP is happy with the decision.
Andy Sawford MP is happy with the decision. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Corby MP Andy Sawford says that the decision to grant approval for a new £50 million retail development in Northamptonshire will be good news for the local economy.

Rushden Lakes was given the green light by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, this morning.

“I am very pleased that Rushden lakes has finally been given the go-ahead," he said.

"This will provide a great boost to jobs and the economy in East Northamptonshire and I have strongly supported the development.

"After a year’s delay I hope we can now get on with the development as soon as possible."

Read more: Peter Bone MP expresses delight at Rushden Lakes decision

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Wellingborough MP Peter Bone expresses delight at Rushden Lakes decision

Wellingborough MP Peter Bone has expressed his delight at the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, to give the green light to a new £50 million retail development in Northamptonshire.

Mr Bone has campaigned for the the Rushden Lakes development to be approved.

Around 2,000 new jobs could be generated.

The proposals include shops and leisure facilities, and had already been backed by East Northamptonshire Council.

However, the final call rested with Mr Pickles.

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2000 new jobs, major retail outlets and superb new leisure facilities. Listening Campaign delivers! #RushdenLakes

Read more: MP calls for swift decision on Rushden Lakes development

EE says it has invested £6m in Derby since 2012

On the day it announced a new call centre would create 300 new jobs for the city, telecoms giant EE says it has invested over £6m in Derby since 2012.

The Webhelp UK call centre on Pride Park Credit: EE

Hundreds of new staff will work at the Webhelp UK call centre on the Pride Park estate.

Chief Executive Officer at Webhelp UK, David Turner, said:

This is a significant opportunity for Webhelp UK as we continue to grow as a business and this new partnership with EE will also allow us to create a large number of new team member roles in Derby.

MP labels call centre 'great news for the people of Derby'

The 300 new jobs to be created from EE's new call centre at Derby's Pride Park should help to deliver a welcome boost to employment levels in the East Midlands.

That is after the latest statistics for the Labour Market, from the Office for National Statistics, show that Derby has a youth unemployment rate of 21%.

Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey, said:

This is great news for both Derby and EE customers, who are set to be benefit from top customer service. EE is making a real commitment to the UK by recognising the strength of our workforce with this new customer centre in Derby.

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