Tulip invests £15m in Bromborough factory, creating 120 jobs

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Tulip wants to turn the meat plant into a centre of excellence for fresh pork processing
Tulip wants to turn the meat plant into a centre of excellence for fresh pork processing

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Tulip has announced plans to reopen its Bromborough factory from August under a new site director and has launched a major recruitment drive, creating over 120 job roles in the local area.

The meat processor said a wide-ranging number of roles would be available across operational positions, as well as engineering and technical apprenticeships. 

Production is scheduled to begin later this month and is supported with a £15m investment, funding the installation of new technology and equipment. Tulip said it intended the site to become a centre of excellence for UK fresh pork manufacturing.

Tulip hit the headlines in June after it joined a few high profile meat companies faced with employees contracting COVID-19. Cases were confirmed at its Tipton plant​, the closure of which was announced in the same month​. Earlier in June, the company declared plans to crack down on food waste​.

Julian Weeks has been appointed to the position of site director at Tulip Bromborough. Operations will initially focus on the production of higher welfare, Red Tractor and EU fresh pork for retail customers, with scope for further growth and expansion. 

Capital investment and job creation

“The re-opening of our site in Bromborough, which comes with significant capital investment and job creation, is great news for our business, the local community and our customers,"​ Tulip chief executive officer Andrew Cracknell said. 

“Julian’s track record within the business and across the wider industry speaks for itself and his commercial insight and integrity will help to drive a real culture of ownership and accountability as we look to build a business based on solid, customer-centric foundations.” 

Reporting into retail operations director Shaun Kay, Weeks moves into his new role having spent ten years within the retail side of the organisation, most recently as customer director.

Successor to be announced

Tulip confirmed that a successor to Weeks's current role would be announced in due course.

“I am very much looking forward to this new challenge and building a high-performing team as we work to establish Bromborough as a true centre of excellence,"​ said Weeks.

"We are looking for smart, hard-working and enthusiastic individuals to join our team, in order to support initial production volumes with operations commencing in August.”

  • Tulip won this year's Site Team of The Year Award​ at industry Oscars the Food Manufacture​ Excellence Awards. Could your factory do the same in 2021? For more details and to submit your free entry, visit www.foodmanawards.co.uk​. Entries close on 14 September.

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