A leading company which counts Asda, Marks & Spencer and Tesco among its blue chip clients is set to take over the former Polestar site in Sheffield, bringing more than 1,000 jobs to the region.
Clipper Logistics plans to use the 615,000 square foot site as the logistics base for North West-based Boohoo Clothing and its subsidiary, teenage online fashion outlet Pretty Little Thing Company (PLT) – creating 1,200 jobs.
Pretty Little Thing is the fastest growing fashion on-line retailer in the country. In six years, the company has expanded massively and caters primarily for teenagers and the youth market, with plans to expand its online sales further into Europe and Australia.
Clipper Logistics has been working with the city growth team at Sheffield City Council for the last year to secure a 10-year lease on the Sheffield 615 site in Shepcote Lane, Tinsley. Plans to take over the site, which was last in use in 2016 and has excellent transport links, were announced to the stock exchange today.
Sheffield City Council and Sheffield City Region have worked together to facilitate the move to the city.
It follows one of the best ever year’s for inward investment across the region with both McLaren Automotive and Boeing announcing plans for sites in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District on the Sheffield-Rotherham border.
Gareth Morgan, senior business development manager at Sheffield City Region, said: “This investment from Clipper Logistics is great news for Sheffield and the wider city region.
“Our logistic sector is built upon Sheffield City Region’s strategic location at the heart of the UK’s transport network, and benefits from excellent availability of labour as well as positive, collaborative working relationships with the city region, local authorities and partners.
“With our region’s super-connected economy, including superb access to UK and international markets, leading companies such as ASOS, DHL and Amazon have already chosen to locate their distribution centres here and we look forward to welcoming further inward investment.”
John Mothersole, chief executive of Sheffield City Council, said: “This is a brilliant addition to the city’s jobs market. Our logistics offer is strong and that is why Clipper Logistics have decided to base its Boohoo and Pretty Little Thing operation here.
“It is especially pleasing after the sadness around Polestar UK, which previously occupied the site. We have worked closely with those affected to help them through this difficult period.
“Clipper Logistics have signified a long-term commitment to the region with this deal which brings yet another multi-national company with a global reach and reputation into our city.
“It follows many months of constructive work involving council officers and the lead cabinet member and will bring a range of competitive, highly-valued jobs to the local economy.”
Steve Parkin, executive chairman of Clipper Logistics, said: “The new contract with Pretty Little Thing represents one of the Company’s most significant contract wins and is demonstrative of our ability to deliver cost-effective solutions for retailers of any scale.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract with one of the fastest-growing online retailers, and look forward to working with the PLT team over the years ahead.”