New firm opens and Tesco starts its recruitment

Tesco hold an open week at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel to those interested in applying for the first jobs to be offered at their new Corby store. Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel, Rockingham Road, Corby. Pictured are job-hunters Ljubica Ridosavljevic and Paul Wilson with Jonathan Simpson (centre) from Tesco
Tesco hold an open week at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel to those interested in applying for the first jobs to be offered at their new Corby store. Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel, Rockingham Road, Corby. Pictured are job-hunters Ljubica Ridosavljevic and Paul Wilson with Jonathan Simpson (centre) from Tesco

The UK arm of one of Europe’s leading producers of agricultural machinery has opened in Corby.

At the same time as Alois Pottinger opened in the town, the recruitment process for Corby’s new Tesco store has started.

HSBC Commercial Bank has provided a finance package to Pottinger, which will initially employ 11 people.

General manager Shaun Groom said: “We have selected Corby as our base because it offers fantastic transport links to the rest of the UK.”

HSBC Birmingham area commercial director Adrian Gill said: “We are pleased to support the launch of the company’s UK subsidiary, which will create growth and jobs in Corby.”

In a further boost to the jobs market in Corby, hundreds of long-term unemployed people were last week invited to open days to help them find work at the town’s new Tesco store.

Supermarket bosses have pledged that the first 100 jobs at the supermarket, set to open in January, will go to people who have been out of work for more than six months.

They opened a jobs hotline earlier this month and 1,000 people were invited to the open days held at the Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel.

About 500 people will go on to the final interview stage.

Robert Judge, 49, from the Exeter estate in Corby, attended one of the open days.

He has been out of work for 18 months after being made redundant from his job as operations supervisor for Gefco.

He said: “It’s disheartening. I’ll do any job that’s available at Tesco.”

Ryan McDowell, 25, of the Danesholme estate, has been out of work for most of the past five years. He said: “I’m hoping I get something with Tesco.”