Stoke & Staffordshire

RKW 'creating 260 jobs' at Royal Doulton-Wedgwood site

Up to 260 new jobs could be created at the site of a former pottery warehouse in Staffordshire.

The site in Stone was abandoned in 2009 as the Royal Doulton and Wedgwood firm moved its distribution to Stafford.

Electrical and housewares distributor RKW, currently based in Stoke-on-Trent, said it had exchanged contracts on the site which originally cost £20m.

The firm said it would be investing £2m in the warehouse and hoped it would be operational by the spring.

Managing Director Rob Sutton said the move had been driven by business growth and highlighted the rise in online retailing.

He said the firm would start recruiting immediately and a variety of roles were available.

RKW, part of Sutton Venture Group, said it served more than 3,000 customers, including major supermarkets and high street retailers.

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