French firm looks to deliver 300 jobs to county
A French parcel delivery firm is considering creating 300 jobs in Leicestershire by building a major sorting depot.
DPD is looking at five potential sites between Leicester and Rugby for the planned £100 million hub, set to be one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Bosses want to have it up and running within two years.
In Leicestershire, they are believed to be looking at Glenfield Park, close to junction 21A of the M1.
Mandip Rai, head of Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, the agency charged with helping to create jobs in the county, said this site was likely to be considered.
He said: "We would welcome DPD's investment and the creation of 300 jobs would be fantastic for the community."
The parcel firm already has a depot at Meridian Business Park, near to Glenfield Park whose owner, Wilson Bowden Developments, declined to comment yesterday.
There was also speculation that Goodman, the owner of Hinckley Commercial Park, off the A5, had been approached by DPD.
That was denied by Goodman.
The parcel firm said the move was part of a £175 million expansion to create 1,500 jobs because of growing demand from customers.
It said it had seen a sharp rise in online business orders.
It is understood DPD is also looking at sites in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.
David Johnson, Leicestershire spokesman for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a director of Readings Property Group, of Leicester, said DPD would be weighing up the pros and cons of each site carefully.
"Location, as with most things, will be key," he said.
"The cost will also play a part in its decision.
"It will be a case of balancing these with how quickly it is able to move on to the site."
Dwain McDonald, the parcel company's chief executive, said: "I'm delighted to announce this very significant investment in jobs and infrastructure.
"This investment will allow us to expand our network capacity further to meet the demands from our customers and maintain our very high service standards."
DPD, based in the West Midlands and a subsidiary of French-owned La Poste, said it had clinched £70 million of new business as a result of a service which uses GPS technology to provide customers with a one-hour delivery window.