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Amazon to hire another 300 staff for new warehouse

Amazon has announced it will be hiring another 300 staff in Daventry. Credit: PA Images

Online retail giant Amazon has announced it will be hiring another 300 staff for its new warehouse in Daventry.

The warehouse in Northamptonshire is set to open next year as the company expands to meet a surge in demand.

The group said its new warehouse will support a 40% hike in the number of independent sellers.

Amazon plans to add 3,500 jobs this year to take its UK workforce to more than 15,500.

Daventry will be the sellers third warehouse in the Midlands, joining sites in Rugeley, Staffordshire, Coalville and Leicestershire.

Councillor: Focus should be on local sport, not Commonwealth bid

Birmingham City Councillor Des Flood says grassroots sport should be put first ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2026 bid.

He says the amount of money being spent trying to bring the games to Birmingham could be better used supporting local clubs and young people. Those involved in the bid say it would bring hundreds of millions to the local economy.

  • Hear what he had to say on the Commonwealth bid below.


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Union lobbies Covpress over 800 jobs threat

The coventry based firm announced administration proceedings yesterday. Credit: ITV News

Unite, the country’s largest union, is requesting talks with Covpress, one of Coventry’s largest employers, later today following the announcement that the company went in to administration yesterday. Unite regional officer Adrian Ross said:

“We are requesting talks with the company later today, It is a worrying development for the 800 employees involved and also, more generally, for the West Midlands economy. We understand that the administrators have reassured the workforce that there will be no redundancies and there is optimism that a buyer will be found. Order books are full. We will have a clearer picture of what is happening, once talks with the company have concluded. Unite will be supporting its members to the maximum during this period of uncertainty.”

– Unite regional officer

Covpress, which was taken over by the Chinese firm Yongtai in 2013, presses parts for car firms GM, Honda, JLR, and Renault and has seen expansion in recent years.

Do you want Birmingham to host the 2026 Commonwealth Games?

It could create thousands of jobs and generate millions of pounds in revenue for local businesses.

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To ensure we can win the bid we must all get behind it, that's the message according to Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward.

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