Charlie Bigham’s to create 50 further jobs at new site

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Ready meals maker Charlie Bigham’s new factory is in the style of a university campus
Ready meals maker Charlie Bigham’s new factory is in the style of a university campus

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Premium ready meals maker Charlie Bigham’s is to create a further 50 jobs at its new factory at Dulcote Quarry, near Wells in Somerset.

The production site, which opened last month and employs 120 people, is looking to have another 50 staff in place by January. The move is part of plans to add new dishes to its range, the company said.

Bigham’s specifically wants people to join its late shifts, which begin at 12pm​, 2pm​ and 4pm​. It has partnered with local company P&V Minibuses to offer employees working these hours free transport to and from work.

In August, the company said plans were underway to recruit a total of 300 staff at the new 7,896m sq facility.

Work began on the factory at the former Dulcote Quarry in April this year, after funding was secured from NatWest, Lombard and RBS Invoice Finance. Bigham’s had previously been based at Park Royal, in north-west London.

‘Fantastic’ progress made

The company’s head of people Lauri Duncan said the few months in Somerset had been “incredibly successful”​ and the progress made was “fantastic”​.

“We will be launching more dishes from our west kitchen in the new year, so we need to recruit around 50 people to join our team in January, which is really exciting,”​ he said.

“The standard of applicants in the west has been extremely high and we are really pleased with the team that we have created at our new kitchen.

“People are embracing life at Bigham’s and we can see this in the quality of the food being made. We’re sure we’ll get applications from more great people looking to join our team again this time.”

Duncan acknowledged that the site was not the “easiest to get to”​ so its partnering with P&V Minibuses was to ensure people could get to and from work easily.

University campus-style

Company owner Charlie Bigham had previously said the site was built in the style of a university campus to create a “unique and positive”​ working environment for employees.

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

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

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Meanwhile, earlier this month sausage maker Heck Foods created 75 jobs at its new £3.5M factory​ in North Yorkshire, following a multi-million pound investment from Lloyds Bank.

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