Freshtime hosts recruitment event for axed factory workers

By Noli Dinkovski

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Freshtime employs 350 staff from its 7,660m2 purpose-built factory
Freshtime employs 350 staff from its 7,660m2 purpose-built factory
A Lincolnshire food manufacturer is hosting a recruitment open afternoon to support workers made jobless by the sudden closure of a nearby pillow and quilt maker.

Freshtime is inviting workers of Fogarty Holdings Ltd to its factory today (5 November) to find out more about opportunities at the Boston-based prepared salads and vegetables maker.

Fogarty closed suddenly last week after more than 150 years of trading. More than 200 workers lost their jobs.

In response, the food-to-go specialist issued a statement on its social media channels on Wednesday (31 October), which has been shared more than 500 times.

£14m investment

Founded in 2000, Freshtime employs 350 staff from its 7,660m2​ purpose-built factory. More than £14m has been spent on production capabilities and developing a product range by the private owners since it opened.

Jennie Beasley, Freshtime’s head of HR, told Food Manufacture​ that positions were available to support the company’s growth aspirations.

“The closure of Fogarty has caused a huge blow to Boston and we understand the upset and stress it has caused among its workforce,”​ she said.

“As another of Boston’s largest employers, we are keen to help out where possible.

“Our factory is also situated within walking and cycling distance from Boston town centre and we offer plenty of free on-site parking for colleagues.

‘Please get in touch’

“If you have lost your job owing to the closure of Fogarty and are looking for a new opportunity, then please get in touch.

“We are also happy to speak to anyone not associated with Fogarty interested in a job at Freshtime, but please contact us in advance to book.” 

To secure a position, or to find out more about the jobs available, email Freshtime’s HR team​ or call 01205 318863.

Beasley added: “We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all who have been affected by recent events at the Fogarty factory and wish them the best of luck for the future.”

Meanwhile, for the latest jobs in the food and drink manufacturing industry, visit Foodman Jobs​​.

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