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Virgin expansion brings 1,400 jobs to the Midlands

A major expansion of Virgin Media's broadband network is set to bring 1,400 jobs to the Midlands ITV News Central has been told.

Virgin Media is expanding its broadband network Credit: PA

The jobs will be in construction, engineering, sales and support roles.

The expansion will see 6,000 jobs created across the country under the £3 billion plans, with 1,000 apprenticeships trained at Virgin's Birmingham headquarters.

The company, which is owned by US firm Liberty Global, has described the five year plan as the single biggest investment in broadband digital infrastructure in the UK for more than a decade.


6,000 Birmingham jobs created in last 12 months

Almost six thousand jobs have been created or safeguarded by foreign direct investment Credit: ITV News Central

Almost 6,000 have been created or safeguarded by foreign direct investment in Greater Birmingham and Solihull over the past year.

The figures, released by Marketing Birmingham, show a 68% increase on the previous year.

The jobs boost is worth more than £350m to the economy.

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100 jobs created in East Midlands after Middle East deal

A hundred jobs are being created in the East Midlands with the creation of a huge recycling plant in the Middle East.

Chinook CEO Dr Rifat Chalabi and Lord Livingston Credit: ITV News Central

Technology company Chinook Sciences, based in Nottingham, has won a £300 million deal to build the facility in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The plant, which will convert waste to energy, will be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.

A model of the new plant Credit: ITV News Central

The deal will also benefit Chinook's many suppliers across the country, safeguarding 650 jobs.

Chinook's command centre in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

The Government says it is the first major deal announced under a new programme of support to help medium-sized businesses increase their exports.

Today, Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Livingston, visited Chinook's command centre at Nottingham Science Park.

New jobs as Nottingham company wins £300m deal

Around 200 jobs in Britain are to be created and another 650 secured after Nottingham-based technology company Chinook Sciences won a £300 million deal with the United Arab Emirates.

Around 100 of the new jobs will be based in the East Midlands.

The skyline of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates Credit: URSUAL DUEREN

The company will build the world's biggest advanced thermal energy-from-waste facility in the Emirate of Sharjah.

Trade Minister Lord Livingston, said:

"Our medium-sized businesses have the potential to be economic powerhouses for the UK. Their success is dependant on expanding beyond domestic markets. Chinook Sciences is a great example of a company doing just that."

Corby food company wants to minimise redundancies

The Solway Foods factory in Corby Credit: ITV News Central

A food company in Northamptonshire says it wants to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies after it announced the closure of its food processing plant.

Solways Foods in Corby announced that 900 jobs could be lost, but the firm says it will redeploy people where possible.

It is closing the site by the late summer because it says it is no longer viable.

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