Tuffnells has promised to interview any of the 450 Marks & Spencer staff that face losing their jobs when the retailer's Hardwick DC closes in September.

Jonathan Bunting, chief operating officer of Tuffnells' parent Connect Group, said the operator has a number of vacancies to fill and guaranteed an interview to anyone interested in joining the business.

He said: “We sympathise with all the workers affected by the recent news in Warrington."

“In addition to our vacancies for warehouse operatives, we’re keen to speak with qualified and experienced drivers who may also lose their jobs as a result of the news. My message to those impacted by the M&S decision is simple – get in touch with Tuffnells.”

Interested parties should contact Connect Group via email or its website.

Marks & Spencer announced the closure of the Hardwick site, currently operated by XPO Logistics with transport provided by DHL Supply Chain, last month.

The retailer said it would be transferring work from the DC to other operations, and that XPO and DHL were in consultations with the site's employees.