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Regatta announces major jobs boost for Ellesmere Port

13 September 2011

Regatta announces major boost for Ellesmere PortThe United Kingdom’s largest specialist in outdoor and leisure clothing is to bring at least 200 new much needed jobs to Ellesmere Port.

Regatta – the Manchester based family business – has announced that it is to establish a new 400,000 square foot distribution centre at Pioneer Point, North Road.

The news is another major boost to a town fighting back from the effects of the recession.

Today (Tuesday) Jo Radcliffe, Head of Human Resources at Regatta, revealed that the centre – designed to serve the U.K. and European markets – could be operational by November.

“We hope to have around 75 people employed and trained by Christmas and the remainder of jobs will follow on a phased basis over the next two to three years.” She said.

Regatta would, she added, seek to build on its first class reputation in the field of employee relations and also hoped to play a meaningful part in the Ellesmere Port community.

For the last four months company chiefs have been working with Cheshire West and Chester Council leaders, the Ellesmere Port Development Board and officers of the authority’s Economic Development, Planning, Regeneration and Building Consultancy services to clinch the move.

Said Council Leader Mike Jones: “This is wonderful news and a major step in the regeneration of Ellesmere Port. I hope there will many more such investments to come.

“Having met Regatta we have done everything possible to help the company with all aspects of the move and will continue to work in partnership with them to ensure that their local recruitment process is a success.”

First class distribution facilities at Pioneer Point and ready access to the national road network were also major factors in a decision which will delight the town.

One of the largest privately-owned companies in the North West, Regatta has been expanding at the rate of 20 percent a year and now exports to over 44 companies worldwide.

Operations Director David Holt revealed that the Ellesmere Port move was a key development in the Group’s logistics strategy, providing a stable platform to support the continuing growth of its global business.

Said Mr Holt: “The opening of this new warehouse will take our capacity to one million square feet and give us a strong platform for the future growth of the business.”

Jobs on offer will range from fork lift truck drivers, pickers and packers on the shop floor, to administration and management.

Ellesmere Port Development Board chairman, Robert Mee, said: “Regatta has beaten the financial downturn with a combination of quality and value for money.

“I’m sure that Ellesmere Port will be a key factor in their continued success for many years to come. The town offers great value, a well connected and vibrant business location.”

Added Mr Mee: “Ellesmere Port offers the right facilities and workforce, a wonderful new College of Further Education and Academy and is soon to have the largest Marks and Spencer store outside of London. Things are going well and can only get better.”

Added Councillor Ben Powell, opposition regeneration spokesman: “This is a company that prides itself on its good employee relations. We applaud that and look forward to a rewarding partnership between town and company.”

Headed by brother and sister Keith and Joanne Black – The Regatta Group now has sales offices in twelve countries worldwide.

Regatta is currently recruiting committed and flexible team-workers, who have attention to detail and accuracy to pick and package their high quality garments for retailers.

Ellesmere Port residents who are long-term unemployed can get help with their application techniques for Regatta by attending a Workshop this month at the HHEET Centre in Westminster, Ellesmere Port. To book your place at the workshop, call the centre directly on 0151 356 6667.

Details about all of the vacancies currently available can be found at: www.regatta.com/recruitment.asp.