From the outside, the giant grey and green warehouse by the M1 in Sheffield looks like the dozens of others that spew out packages ordered by millions of online shoppers daily. But inside it is Brexit-proofed.

In eight months, Clipper, the logistics business, has converted this former print plant and recruited more than 800 mainly British workers in a city miles from the traditional Midlands heartland of the logistics industry.

It is the company’s answer to Brexit. Almost one in five warehouse workers in the UK are EU migrants, according to the government’s Migration Advisory Committee, and as the flow of fresh recruits dries up, companies are having to tempt locals into a tough working environment at a time of record levels of employment.


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