Firm’s £75,000 Ilkeston Co-op move creates jobs

Craig Hawes

Craig Hawes

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A leading construction firm has invested more than £75,000 in a bid to transform one of the newly-refurbished units at the former Ilkeston Co-op

Midlands-based firm Newlynn, which specialises in construction management and civil engineering in the public and private sectors, has become the latest business to move into the former Co-op department store on South Street.

The construction company, which has been operating from the new headquarters in Ilkeston since August, has been able to create four new positions within the company due to the investment made in the new unit, increasing the total workforce to 75 employees.

Craig Hawes, managing director at Newlynn, said: “We are excited to be opening a new, modern head office in Ilkeston as part of our continued investment in the business.

“We chose the old Co-op building as it is in a fantastic and central location which is close to the M1, allowing us to easily commute to different various sites which is essential to our company as we work all over the country.”

The business, which started in 2013, covers the whole spectrum of building and construction specialities, including ground works, new builds and tier one and tier two complexes.

Craig added: “The decision to invest in the newly refurbished office space came at a great time. Since Brexit we have seen a spike in interest allowing us to secure many large new contracts that have secured a busy work flow for us right into 2019.”

After closing three years ago, the former Co-op building has recently been refurbished by ALB Commercial Investments in a unit development scheme which is set to reinstate the former Co-op store as the new focal point of the town centre and regenerate the area, bringing more jobs and increasing footfall.

Arran Bailey, managing director at ALB Commercial Investments, said: “Located in the heart of Ilkeston, the newly refurbished Co-op building is in a prime position with easy access to the Market Place, public transportation and main roads, which makes the units ideal for businesses.

“We hope that by regenerating the building, we will encourage a greater investment in the local economy from both the general public and firms alike.”