2 Sisters launches £1m welfare fund to support staff in financial difficulties

By Michelle Perrett

- Last updated on GMT

2 Sisters is helping staff with its new fund
2 Sisters is helping staff with its new fund

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2 Sisters Food Group has launched a £1m welfare fund to help support staff suffering financial difficulties as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The welfare fund will be used to help staff that have suffered due to issues such as job losses within their household, bereavement or long-term illness. 

This support from 2 Sisters will include non-repayable welfare payments; additional leave (paid or unpaid) for those who need extra time to sort out any financial difficulties; and external and internal support from experts to help manage people’s finances and budget issues.  


The help for staff comes as 2 Sisters has seen a cluster of 200 confirmed coronavirus cases​ at its chicken plant in Llangefni, Wales, following a rapid screening exercise. 

Earlier this month, 2 Sisters was still recruiting for 200 roles across three of its sites​ as it looked to cope with increased demand for chicken due to the coronavirus.

Ronald Kers, CEO, 2 Sisters Food Group, said the company was “proud” ​of its role in helping feed the nation and the huge importance of its thousands of staff across the UK, who played a vital role.

Hidden hardship

“We do recognise that, especially during tough times, our colleagues’ lives can be turned upside down by job losses in their household, by bereavement or long-term illness. Quite often, things on the surface may seem OK, but in fact there can be hidden hardship and it can happen for many reasons,” ​Kers said. 

“This is why we’re reaching out to colleagues who may need that extra help right now. We are launching today a £1m welfare fund and further support package, to help our colleagues, where we can.”

2 Sisters Food Group’s parent company Boparan Holdings recently announced changes to its board of directors​. Boparan Holdings announced the appointment of former Co-op chief financial officer Ian Ellis to the non-executive board. 

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