Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said she was thrilled to hear that Fox’s was committed to the community and was continuing to thrive at a time of “great economic uncertainty”.
‘Dedication to training and upskilling’
Speaking after a visit to the factory, Brabin said: “I was also very encouraged to hear about the firm’s dedication to training and upskilling their staff, something that is vital with the increased automation of industry we will see over the coming years.
“Fox’s Biscuits is an extremely important business here in Batley and I look back fondly on my time on the production lines in my late teens. I hope the business continues to thrive and remains an integral part of the Batley landscape for decades to come.”
Fox’s has 700 full-time employees and – including temporary workers – its workforce can swell to 1,300 during peak demand times, such as in the run-up to Christmas.
Stephen Mulligan, Fox’s Biscuits general manager, said: “We are really pleased to announce these new roles. Fox’s Biscuits are very proud of our heritage in Batley and to be able to play such a key part in the local community.
“We’re delighted by the continued support Tracy gives to Fox’s Biscuits and we will continue to grow this relationship.”
The jobs created at the company followed a recruitment drive at 2 Sisters’ Derby plant last month, following the agreement of a new retail deal.
The manufacturer is to create 136 jobs, with 10 of the positions open to apprentices. The business held eight open-days in Derby last month to help fill the positions.
Meanwhile, tofu manufacturer Dragonfly Foods has invested £4.5M in a new factory in Devon, with plans to create new jobs.