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Some 75 new jobs have already been created at Widnes’ new leisure development The Hive, weeks before many of its attractions are due to open.

The new jobs have been created across the family-orientated scheme’s five-screen Reel Cinema, 16-lane Widnes Superbowl and Frankie & Benny’s restaurant. The teams are set to be joined by more new starters when work completes on the remaining attractions at the site including the Nando’s restaurant and 60-bedroom Premier Inn with adjoining Brewers Fayre family pub and restaurant.

The £10 million scheme has been developed by the UK’s leading regeneration company St. Modwen, in partnership with Halton Borough Council.

Many of the employment opportunities have been secured through the Halton Employment Partnership (HEP) – an initiative launched by Halton Borough Council with partners including Job Centre Plus, local training and skills providers and other key agencies supporting skills and recruitment. The HEP helps businesses recruit local, unemployed people and supports both parties through the recruitment process.

Cllr Rob Polhill, Leader of Halton Borough Council, said: “Inward investment is always brilliant news for job creation and The Hive is an excellent example of just how valuable it can be to the local economy. It is great to see such a high number of Halton people getting jobs at this great new leisure park.”

Mike Hosie, development manager, at St. Modwen said, “It is always very satisfying to see development and regeneration being translated into local jobs.”