Peak firms urged not to miss out on mill project

MORE than 15 sub-contracts are on offer as part of an exciting £7m retail and leisure project to revitalise a redundant town centre site.

Peveril Securities Ltd and Real Estate Development Partnerships last year secured the development rights to transform the Howard Town Mill site, in Glossop.

Now, building contractor Bowmer and Kirkland has pledged to let sub-contracts to High Peak firms wherever possible.

The move was welcomed this week by High Peak Borough Council, which has been working hard to obtain the best deal from the project for local people and jobs.

Sub-contracts will range from structural steelwork and roofing through to painting and decorating, plumbing and landscaping. The main contractor will be creating jobs for joiners, plasterers and labourers.

The council has created a dedicated webpage, www.highpeak.gov.uk/business, detailing all the sub-contracts and how to apply.

Ian Huddlestone, executive councillor for regeneration, urged businesses not to miss out: “This is a great opportunity for local companies and sole traders to pick up new business, and we welcome Bowmer and Kirkland’s commitment to letting local firms know about and have a chance to win contracts.

“We’re committed to continue working with the private sector investors to help local people access jobs, both during the construction phase and through permanent posts created by the new tenants.”

Council leader Caitlin Bisknell said the Howard Town Mill scheme would strengthen the local economy.