ANOTHER 70 new jobs are about to be created following a decision by an international, consumer electronics company to create a new distribution centre on the Cortonwood Business Park.

Alba plc has decided the Park will become its largest UK distribution hub and will start operating from the site by the middle of the year.

The business park's owners, the Barnsley based St Paul's Developments plc, is now starting work on a purpose built 142,000 sq ft warehouse, which will incorporate 1,000 sq ft of office space.

Alba is one of Europe's largest and best known supplier of consumer electronics and its brands include Alba, Bush, Goodmans, Breville and Power Devil.

A spokesman for the company said that it was attracted to Cortonwood for many reasons, but primarily because of the site's strategic location - close to both the M1 and A1(M) motorways and to many of the Group's major customers.

Added to that was the financial advantage of being in a designated Enterprise Zone.

The 180-acre Cortonwood site has been one of the great development success stories in South Yorkshire over the past few years. Once an abandoned and disused colliery, the site has been reclaimed and regenerated into a highly successful and prestigious mixed-use location.

As well as business tenants such as the Royal Mail, Virginia KMP and Westbond, it is also a leading retail park - housing one of the country's largest B&Q superstores - and a highly desirable lakeside residential area.