Jobs boost at new Doncaster eco firm

Michael Sims, of I-Power outside their new premises on Heaven's Walk, Lakeside. Picture: Andrew Roe
Michael Sims, of I-Power outside their new premises on Heaven's Walk, Lakeside. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Business leaders have hailed a company’s decision to relocate to Doncaster and create new jobs as further evidence of the town’s economic recovery.

Solar panel installers i-Power Systems are set to create 85 new jobs when they move from their current base in Shireoaks, near Worksop, to Heaven’s Walk at Lakeside.

Doncaster Chamber said the move showed how the town is been seen as a great place to do business by the wider region.

Dan Fell, deputy chief executive officer, said: “This is very welcome news for Doncaster and yet another sign that the town’s economy is recovering and transforming.

“Doncaster is extraordinarily well located, has flat and developable land, a supply of good value labour and, increasingly, is being seen as a good place to do business.

“The decision of yet another firm to relocate to the town again highlights the attractiveness of the borough as good place for businesses to invest and grow.”

The company will more than double its total workforce when it transfers, rising from 65 staff to 150. New positions created will include sales representatives, surveyors and installation engineers.

Managing director Nigel Wallace, 54, a father-of-three, of Nethergate, Westwoodside, said: “We have quite a number of employees who live in the Doncaster area and other staff members have decided to relocate.

“Lakeside is a great business hub and our new office is an excellent, modern space. We are pleased this will help to boost the town’s economy.”

The firm has installed desks, computers and furniture at their new office and are ready to move in. However, they are waiting for BT to install fibre optic cables to give the company phone and internet access.

Mr Wallace said the firm contacted them three months ago and were told it would be done within six weeks, but the work is ye to be done.

A BT spokesman apologised and said the ‘detailed and complex’ work would be completed by the end of August.