BREAKING: Amazon to create more than 300 jobs in Doncaster

Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Doncaster. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Amazon Fulfilment Centre in Doncaster. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Online shopping giant Amazon are to open a new fulfilment centre in Doncaster, creating more than 300 jobs in the borough.

The centre, which will be the company’s 10th in the UK, is expected to open its doors by the Autumn.

The new site is located on Water Vole Way, a short distance from Amazon’s existing site on Balby Carr Bank, which opened in 2010.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “This excellent news emphasises that Doncaster is open for business, and I am delighted that so many jobs have been created.

“Amazon’s decision to open this centre in Doncaster shows our strength as a logistics hub, and emphasises how much our economy is growing. I am sure this encouraging growth will continue as major projects such as the FARRRS link road near completion, and we should be very optimistic about the future.

“Our Business Doncaster team has worked closely with Amazon and will continue to do so in the future.”

The permanent jobs will be created over the next three years.

The announcement brings good news to the borough, which has been hit by hundreds of job loses this year after three big firms, Cooplands, Tesco and Staples, closed stores.

Stationery giant Staples confirmed it will close its Kirk-Sandall based contact-centre later this year in June, putting 90 jobs at risk.

The centre, based in the industrial estate on Sandall Stone Road, is expected to close this Autumn.

The exact number of job loses is not yet known as some workers will be given roles at the company’s Birmingham centre.

In February, 300 people lost their jobs after it was confirmed Doncaster-based bakery chain Cooplands had gone in to administration.

Administrators Deloitte confirmed that 303 jobs had been axed across the business, which employed a total of 562 workers.

Cooplands’ head office and production site in Wharf Road, Doncaster as well as 39 stores closed.

Two of the town’s Tesco stores were closed in April, with a loss of 180 jobs.

The town centre superstore in Church View and the Mexborough Metro store were included in a list of 43 ‘unprofitable’ stores that were shut around the country.

Dan Fell, CEO Doncaster Chamber: “This is welcome news for Doncaster and is a further example of how well positioned the town is for its logistics and distribution networks.

“It is good to see Amazon investing further in the area and supporting our local economy and it’s just one more great example of the work that Business Doncaster do in supporting business growth and recruitment.”

John Tagawa, Vice President of Operations, Amazon UK, said: “Our existing Doncaster team has done an exceptional job of delivering a first rate level of service for our customers and we are delighted to open another site which will further draw upon the strong pool of talent in the area.

“We will continue to create new sites, more jobs and provide a wide range of benefits for our employees.”

Amazon already has eight fulfilment centres in UK, which are located in Doncaster, Dunfermline, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Marston Gate, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay. Together, more than 7,000 permanent employees work at these centres.

Amazon recently announced its ninth fulfilment centre is due to open in Dunstable in the autumn 2015.

The news comes less than two months after Amazon celebrated its 20th anniversary.