Firm’s deal will create 58 jobs

A FLEDGLING Corby company is set to create nearly 60 jobs after signing a deal with clothing and homeware firm Matalan.

Advanced Supply Chain, which is based in Eismann Way, has pledged to create 58 jobs for operatives and drivers following the signing of the three-year agreement.

The company officially opened in March and pledged to create up to 400 jobs. These new jobs are in addition to this figure.

The firm had about 100 staff working on site in March and this will rise to 150 by June.

Matalan, whose Corby store is one of 200 it has nationwide, is looking to make savings on its supply chain.

An Advanced Supply Chain spokesman said: “Corby is building up to the initial 150 jobs quoted, this will complete in June this year and we will then continue to build for additional business currently under discussion for the site.

“The Matalan contract will initially be an additional 30 operatives and six drivers, building to 50 and eight for the first full year in 2013.

“Should volumes go beyond the initial estimates we may well split the operation between Halifax, to service Matalan Skelmersdale, and Advanced Corby to service Matalan Corby.”

Terry Broadhead, imports and distribution manager at Matalan, said: “The company worked closely with us in reviewing certain parts of the supply chain.

“They helped to identify a number of areas where efficiency could be improved to generate savings.

“Their expertise, flexibility and systems will ensure the success of the operation.”

Advanced Supply Chain has also recently signed a three-year contract with Makro to handle all UK distribution operations, and a three-year deal with retailer Go Outdoors.