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Published 23rd January 2017 at 8:39am

Business activity and employment in Yorkshire increased at a faster rate than the UK average during December. According to the latest Lloyds Bank Regional Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) survey, employment growth jumped to a 14-month high, with December’s job creation in Yorkshire higher than the UK average for the third month running.

The AMRC is planning to employ a further 65 people including graduate-level engineers and support staff, adding to the 560 people already working at the Rotherham site.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park in Doncaster is on the hunt for new seasonal recruits following a record 2016 with more than 750,000 visitors. It is now looking for 96 new staff as it expands its facilities and events programme. Last year YWP spent £3million locally – bringing the total since opening to £12.5million.

Heritage roofing specialist Martin-Brooks of Sheffield is to refurbish 194 houses in New Bolsover Model Village as part of the mining village regeneration scheme. The £10million regeneration programme is funded by Bolsover District Council (£8million) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (£1.9million).

The Yorkshire office of Bardsley Construction is delivering a £6.2million student accommodation development in Matilda Street, Sheffield.

Duro UK of Dinnington, a supplier of synthetic diamond tools and power tool accessories, has acquired Wales-based Pegasus Diamond Blades

Stobart Biomass Products is to supply waste wood for the renewable energy plant due to open in Templeborough, Rotherham, in August. The biomass-power plant will need an estimated 260,000 tonnes of waste wood per year and will generate around 41MW of green electricity annually – enough to supply 78,000 homes and save over 150,000 tons of CO2.

Derbyshire Dales residents will get an overview next month of the District Council’s spending plans for 2017/18, and the process to outsource the running of the District Council’s four leisure centres. The February round of Area Community Forums will be held in Darley Dale, Hulland Ward and Ashford in the Water.

Visitors to Barnsley will be able to view work by Picasso for free from this weekend until April 29. Seventeen original linocut prints on loan from the British Museum will be on show at the Cooper Gallery.

Horizon Care is to create 200 jobs at a new care facility in Worksop. The centre will provide living accommodation for short and long-term care needs.

Sheffield has won the national ‘Purple Flag’ award for the second time for being a safe place to have a night out.

Car sales company Motorpoint is set to create 50 jobs and invest up to £10million after taking a 20-year lease on the former Carcraft premises in Sheffield. The site on Europa Link, Tinsley, attracted several bids after it went on the market. PR manager Stephen Wright said: “We’re really happy to be in Sheffield, you can’t help but be impressed by the city.”

And finally . . .

Building work on Doncaster’s National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster (pictured above) seen well underway.