Evri (formerly Hermes UK), the consumer delivery specialist, has today opened its new automated parcel distribution hub, the largest of its kind in Europe which represents a £60 million investment in Barnsley, near Sheffield.
The hub is creating around 1,400 new jobs in the area. Over 800 full time roles have been recruited, including 12 apprentices in partnership with Barnsley College, in addition, 600 temporary and part time roles will be available to support during busy periods for those looking for more flexible employment. Over 80% of operatives have been recruited from the local area. The £60 million development is located in Barnsley, near Sheffield.
The 340,000 square foot facility has the capacity to process up to 1.1 million parcels every day and will increase the company’s overall parcel processing capacity to 4.2 million a day. It is strategically located near the motorway, close to a number of Evri’s retail customers’ distribution sites meaning that later cut off times for collections will be provided.
As part of its ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) commitment Evri has also confirmed that by early 2023, over 50% of the vehicles operating from the site will utilise bio CNG (compressed natural gas) that reduces carbon emissions by over 80% compared to diesel. Other eco initiatives include natural grassed acoustic bunds to absorb the small amounts of noise between the site and residential dwellings, a balancing pond, a biodiversity area and over 25,000 plants, trees and hedgerows that will be planted. The building itself will include solar panels on the roof and a rainwater-harvesting system. Earlier this month, Evri was recognised for its work in this area and won ‘Best Environmental Practice’ at the Green World Awards.
Martijn de Lange, CEO at Evri, said: “This development showcases our commitment to responding to the ever-increasing demand for online shopping and yet provide a service that doesn’t cost the earth. Our continued investment to strengthen our network and infrastructure across the UK is laying the foundations for future growth, creating more employment opportunities and confirming our position as an industry leader.”
Barnsley Council Spokesperson, local councillor and Chair of the Ward Alliance, Nicola Sumner, said:
“We are delighted to see the positive figures on recruitment for the new Evri site here in Barnsley. Our commitment has been to create more and better jobs in the borough, and it’s great to see local people benefitting from new job opportunities in a range of roles.
“It is also a key benefit from such a significant investment, like the Evri site, that we will attract new people and businesses to the area to enjoy all that Barnsley has to offer.
“Barnsley is investing so businesses, and jobs, stay in Barnsley. Having a job is more than just income. It’s about having a purpose and motivation, supporting good health and having a sense of pride and belonging. We are committed to giving people these opportunities. I know many people will be excited about starting their new roles, and I wish all staff at Evri every success at the new Barnsley hub.”