Charlie Bigham’s continues recruitment drive

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

Up to 140 of a potential 300 employees have been recruited for Charlie Bigham’s new factory
Up to 140 of a potential 300 employees have been recruited for Charlie Bigham’s new factory

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Premium ready meals manufacturer Charlie Bigham’s is set to open its new flagship factory in Somerset next month, with plans underway to recruit 300 staff. 

The manufacturer has already recruited 40 permanent staff members for the 7,896m2 ​factory near Wells, with another 100 in the process of being recruited. The site will be fully operational from early to mid September.

Work began on the factory at the former Dulcote Quarry in April this year, after securing funding from NatWest, Lombard and RBS Invoice Finance.

Current vacancies at the site include a production team leader, as well as logistics, hygiene and production team members.

A lot of local interest

Recruitment was proceeding to plan, with a lot of local interest during a number of open days, according to a Charlie Bigham’s spokesman.

“We are actively interviewing production and hygiene team members at the moment, with three assessment centre days having taken place recently,”​ he said.

The new development is the first of four new kitchen facilities on the site, with each new construction creating more jobs over the next 15 years.

According to owner Charlie Bigham, the development was being built in the style of a university campus to create a “unique and positive” ​working environment for employees.

‘Very excited about our future’

Charlie Bigham's Food Production Campus, Dulcote, Somerset by Feilden Fowles.
Charlie Bigham's Food Production Campus, Dulcote, Somerset by Feilden Fowles

“I am very excited about our future and our new production kitchen in the west will be a very important part of it,”​ said Bigham.

“I’m also confident that it will have a positive impact on those we employ and on the community around us as we advance with the long-term vision behind the project.”

The vacancies are available through Charlie Bigham’s recruitment website.

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Meanwhile, 2 Sisters Food Group will create 150 new jobs​ at its chicken processing site in Coupar Angus, Perthshire, after expanding its cutting operation.

The chicken processor could continue to expand the factory, if the current upgrade was successful, as part of a multi-million pound investment programme.

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Great to see expansion

Posted by Glenn Blackman,

Great to see some expansion in the food sector, supported, in part, by some invoice finance funding. We have been campaigning to raise awareness of this little known form of business finance for some time under the hashtag #IFaware

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