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Amazon to create 500 new jobs in Leicestershire

Amazon plans to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK this year. Credit: PA

Amazon is to create 500 permanent jobs in Leicestershire with the opening of a new distribution centre in Coalville, the company has announced.

The online retail giant said it has already started its recruitment programme for a "range of positions" at the site in Mountpark Bardon.

The firm said the new roles are part of Amazon's plans to create 2,500 permanent jobs in the UK this year, bringing the company's total workforce to 14,500 by the end of 2016.

John Tagawa, Amazon’s Vice President of UK Operations, said:

We are excited to create 500 new permanent jobs over three years in Leicestershire with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one.

Amazon has a dedicated and enthusiastic workforce who play a crucial role in delivering a first rate level of service for our customers and we look forward to recruiting people from Leicestershire and the surrounding area.

– John Tagawa, Amazon
Snibston Discovery Museum closed last year. Credit: ITV News Central

The news comes as a welcome boost for the area after Coalville-based shoe company Brantano went into administration last month, which followed the closure of Snibston Discovery Museum last year.

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, said:

I welcome Amazon’s investment in North West Leicestershire along with its potential for 500 jobs.

North West Leicestershire continues to be an area good for business and long-term investment and we are currently enjoying one of the highest economic growth rates outside London and the South East.

I am pleased that such a reputable company has the confidence in the area not only given its strategic location but also for the recruitment of a wide ranging work force.

– Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire,