A COMPANY that could bring up to 1,000 jobs to the Barnsley area this year, has seen a big jump in profits.

By Sally Burton

Online fashion retailer ASOS is set to open a distribution centre the size of SEVENTY football pitches – within months, on the former Houghton Main Colliery site.

But it is international expansion that has seen annual profits at the company jump by a staggering 41 per cent to £28.6 m.

Its sales rose after ASOS opened websites in America, Germany and France.

With plans to open its £40m centre in Barnsley by late summer, ASOS will have 360 permanent staff from the outset, boosted by up to 1,000 temporary workers over busy periods.

Barnsley Council leader Steve Houghton has said the investment will make a huge difference to the area. And he was emphatic that every effort would be made to help local people secure jobs.

ASOS targets 16 to 34-year-olds, with its “celebrity-style” clothes and accessories.

The company’s UK performance is also strong, with sales rising by 25 per cent to £184m over the past year, to March.

An ASOS spokesman said the Barnsley depot will “help the company to £1bn of sales by 2015”.