ONE of Bolton’s biggest employers will see another jobs boost as the final industrial unit is added to Logistics North.

Nearly 6,000 people are employed at the site which is home to household names including Amazon, Aldi, Greene King and Costa.

The steel structure for the additional unit has been finished for a final unit, which will be ready for occupation in May, creating a further 1,000 roles.

Logistics North received the green light in December 2013, bringing a huge economic boost to Bolton. Once complete, the development will add around £300m to the Greater Manchester economy each year.

Cllr Martyn Cox, council deputy leader, said: “It’s great to hear work is progressing well on construction of the final industrial unit at Logistics North. This flagship site is fast becoming one of our prime business and employment locations.

“In recent years it has attracted household names in the distribution and retail world, putting Bolton on the map as a centre of excellence in this sector.

“We are hopeful that by spring a tenant can be secured for this final unit which will bring further employment opportunities for our residents.

“The kind of high quality jobs at places such as Logistics North will be exactly what Bolton needs as we emerge from the lockdown in the coming months.

“Our economic recovery from the pandemic depends on the continuing success of this type of site in Bolton.”

Construction of the final unit is being part funded by a £3m evergreen loan from Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Steven Knowles, Regional Director for the North West at developers Harworth, said:“The development of the final industrial unit at Logistics North marks an important milestone for the scheme, which is the largest live commercial development in the North West."

Bolton Labour leader Cllr Nick Peel added: “It was the last Labour council who got this up and running. I would be as bold to say that we take full credit for the massive success that is Logistics North.

“I say that as we had a lot of opposition to it at the time but we knew it would be the right thing for Bolton and would be economic prosperity to the town. Of course, there is support for it now, but at that time there was not.”