Expansion of pottery could make 600 jobs

a PROPOSAL to create a “village-style development” at Denby Pottery, which bosses say will create 600 new jobs has been unveiled.

The scheme will feature an 80-bedroom hotel, a village inn, a bigger garden emporium and an outdoor activity centre. A planning application is due to be submitted to Amber Valley Borough Council.

A public exhibition has been organised by the borough council on the first floor of Bourne’s Restaurant, Denby Pottery, Derby Road, Denby from 3pm to 7pm on Monday, February 20.

Parish councillors contacted by the News were not prepared to comment about the proposal.

Denby’s managing director, Garry Biggs, said: “We believe that this development will be a real boost for Denby and Derbyshire as a whole.

“We remain committed to maintaining manufacturing at the historic home of Denby Pottery, and we believe this development will help secure the long term future of the site.”

Paul McGowan, managing partner of Valco Capital Partners and chairman of Denby Holdings, said: “This is a great opportunity to both strengthen the existing visitor centre as a major tourist attraction and to build on the 200-year history of Denby Pottery at its home in Derbyshire.”

Denby visitor centre currently attracts approximately 200,000 people per year into Amber Valley and employs 95 people.

Derby-based architects Matthew Montague is working with London-based HRPS – the property arm of Denby’s investors Valco Capital Partners on the scheme.

The Pottery was established in 1809 and continues to produce stoneware products that are sold throughout the world.

In 2009, there was a £30 million management buy-out of Denby Pottery by Valco Capital Partners, the private equity arm of Hilco.

In July, 2010, Denby Pottery acquired Burgess, Dorling and Leigh Limited and rescued the business, which had been operating under a Company Voluntary Arrangement since September 2008.