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Historic food manufacturer expands workforce to meet product demand
October 20, 2020

Crewe-based food manufacturing specialists Wrights Food Group has announced plans to expand its team of operatives to help meet product demand. The family-run business which supplies savoury products, cakes and ready meals to some of the UK’s leading hospitality and retail brands, is experiencing an increase in orders from its UK-wide customers. Wrights operations director, Neville Carruthers, said while the company’s airline business was impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis when it warned, in July, that 80 roles were at risk, its retail sales are growing and the company’s hospitality business is seeing the ‘green shoots’ of recovery in some sectors. Neville said: “Although COVID-19 is impacting on how we all live and work, it is also impacting on how we shop, what we buy and where we eat. “As an established food group, we have many returning and new customers who are turning to our expertise, quality products and manufacturing technology to help them meet the changing consumer demand for foods in and out of home. “We supply retailers from independent high street bakers and the major multiples to food wholesaler and hospitality outlets and the steady rise in orders is naturally creating new positions within our team.” The group’s £30m manufacturing facility on Weston Road in Crewe produces more than three million savoury products per week, including gastro pub pies and ready meals for the hospitality and the retail sector. Headed by third-generation chairman, Peter Wright, the company operates with a team of 600 across three sites in Crewe and includes 15 high street stores across the North West. Neville added: “Wrights has almost a 100-year history in Crewe and Stoke with many local families forming a core and valued part of our workforce. Our aim in this time of national crisis is to efficiently, professionally and safely support our customers who are feeding the nation. “In doing so, we can support our local economy through job creation and with COViD-19 safety measures always front of mind, we will continue to create and deliver our products nationwide.” Wrights Food Group has roles to fill in its production and operations departments with part time and full time positions available.

Logistics firm to create 140 jobs as Christmas rush approaches
October 20, 2020

James and James Fulfilment – the Northampton firm which stores, packs and ships products on behalf of nearly 400 online stores – is set to hire 125 seasonal team members and create another 15 permanent roles in the run up to Christmas. The company, which secured an £11m investment in March and signed a 10-year lease on a brand new building in May, has seen its growth accelerate this year, as more people turned to online shopping during and after lockdown. James and James has already hired 60 extra fulfilment centre team members and created 18 new office-based roles in 2020. Its new Brackmills building is set to go live by November, as the Black Friday to Christmas shopping season begins. ~~James Hyde, CEO and co-founder, said: “We’ve already seen many more people shopping online this year and we expect that to continue, as consumers stay at home. Our new building offers six times the space of our current one, which means we can grow the team to meet demand, while remaining COVID-secure.” The new roles will span all areas of James and James, including fulfilment centre operations, client services, marketing and technology development. Clara Buckingham, head of people, added: “Delivering delight for our clients and their customers is one of our key values at James and James. As such, we’d love to hear from people in sectors such as retail and hospitality, who’ve been badly affected by the pandemic, but have so many transferable customer service and stock handling skills.”  

PPE manufacturer to create 400 jobs
October 13, 2020

PPE manufacturer Globus Group is creating more than 400 jobs after winning a multimillion-pound contract to make face masks for frontline NHS staff. The Trafford-based company has begun recruiting for posts at its new 72,000 sq ft manufacturing facility at Stone Cross Park, near Golborne. Globus director Steven Binnie said the expansion enables the group “to be deepening our commitment to the North West, creating new jobs and making our contribution to the vibrant regional economy”. He said: “For generations we have protected UK workers exposed to respiratory hazards in the workplace. Our increased PPE manufacturing will enable dedicated frontline healthcare workers to do their jobs safely in the fight against COVID-19 as we move into this critical winter period. “This equipment will be produced through our Alpha Solway division at the new Warrington manufacturing facility which, in addition to our growing facilities in South West Scotland, will create several hundred new jobs.” It has also been awarded a PPE contract with NHS Scotland worth more than £50m to produce FFP3 respirator and Type IIR masks, fulfilling 87% of Scotland’s health and social care needs. Alpha Solway pivoted its manufacturing capability to bring production into the UK in early 2020 to combat supply chain disruption caused by COVID-19, and its Dumfriesshire factories have already expanded their capacity to meet the NHS Scotland order, creating 200 new jobs for the area. Binnie added: “We have committed tens of millions of pounds in capital investment for enhancement and expansion of our UK manufacturing capabilities. This will ensure we provide a long-term, sustainable, ongoing supply of PPE to NHS professionals, as well as key industry workers. “Our new production plants will have product rolling off the lines by the end of October. At full capacity, our UK facilities will be capable of annual production of 200m FFP3 masks, 100m FFP2 masks, 1bn Type IIR medical masks, and 22m visors.”