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Global Brands announce distribution centre expansion, adding 10 million bottles to warehouse capacity in £2 million development

  • Following increased demand for the company’s drinks portfolio, Global Brands are expanding the Global Brands Distribution Centre, due to be completed in January 2023.
  • 28,800 sqft of space will be added, increasing the size of the facilities from 152,000 sqft to 180,800 sqft.
  • Storage capacity will increase from 30 million bottles to 40 million bottles stored, across 17,000 palettes. A further 30 people will be employed with the increase in capacity.

New Residency Artists announced at LEVEL Centre

In 2021 LEVEL Centre launched the Level Residency Lab, a research and development opportunity for professional artists who either identify as disabled or whose work has access at its heart. Since then, and with support from Arts Council England, LEVEL has supported 17 artists who have bold, ambitious ideas that strengthen the charity's mission to ‘Celebrate the Art that Difference Makes’ and bring high quality art to rural Derbyshire. 

Local Community Comes Together To Install Life Saving Equipment

A public-access defibrillator has been installed outside Wathall’s funeral directors in Duffield Road, Allestree, following a community fundraising appeal.

The equipment is registered with East Midlands Ambulance Service and anyone alerting the emergency services to a suspected cardiac arrest is provided with an access code for the defibrillator if appropriate.

The £1,600 fundraising campaign to buy and install the equipment was spearheaded by city councillor for Allestree, Steve Hassall, whose sister tragically died from a heart attack earlier this year.

Students Gain Insight Into Rail Careers

A wide range of rail industry employers showcased the career opportunities available at their companies and highlighted forthcoming job opportunities at a special event held at Derby College.

Thousands turn out for Derby’s Christmas Lights Switch-On

Saturday's Christmas Light Switch-On event in Derby city centre was a huge success, drawing an estimated crowd of 5,000 people. Hosted by Smooth Radio breakfast presenter Gareth Evans, the afternoon saw a multitude of local talent on stage and in a lantern parade led through the city centre.

How you can help tackle climate change in Chesterfield

Residents, businesses and community groups across the borough are being invited to have their say on local plans to reduce the impact of climate change, as part of Chesterfield Borough Council’s ongoing commitment to tackle the climate emergency.

By taking part in the new survey, people can help shape the council’s next climate change strategy which will set out how the authority will continue to reduce its own environmental impact, while working with the community to lower emissions across the borough.

Join us for a great Christmas in Chesterfield

Chesterfield Borough Council is joining forces with Destination Chesterfield again this year to bring you a great selection of events and activities to enjoy in our town.

The Christmas in Chesterfield Campaign, called Everything for the Perfect Christmas, will run from Monday 14 November to 4 January 2023 and has been designed to include something for everyone.

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “There is lots to get involved in around Chesterfield throughout the festive season.