SEVERAL jobs have been created as a national DIY trader opens its latest outlet.

Toolstation, established in 2003, claims to be one of Britain's fastest growing suppliers to those in the trade.

The firm already has stores in Northumberland, County Durham and the Tees Valley.

Locations include, Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland, Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington.

But earlier this week, the firm opened its latest store in Middlesbrough.

The new store, which is located at the Roadside Retail Park, near to the Skippers Lane Estate, has a workforce of newly recruited staff.

Branch manager for Toolstation Middlesbrough Gary Jordan said: “It’s great to open our new branch in Middlesbrough and to introduce ourselves to the trade locally.

"Our team here really does pride itself on making it quick and easy for our customers to get their trade supplies by calling in or using our click and collect service."

The branch offers a range of products, such as screws, cables, sealants, plumbing equipment and power tools. It also provides paint.

Mr Jordan added: "We are looking forward to lending a hand to the tradespeople nearby, offering the best products for the jobs they have.”