Over the next 12 months TSC’s Scunthorpe site will undergo substantial refurbishment, including new staff facilities, training and development plans and the installation of plant machinery, equipment and infrastructure.
Peter Allan, managing director at the Billington Group, said: “This investment reflects our ongoing commitment to supporting our team, our customers and partners, enabling TSC to bounce back from what has been a challenging year for everyone.
Improvements for existing staff
“The investments will better serve our existing staff, boosting how we support and care for them on site, with improved facilities and importantly act as an opportunity to recruit a further 100 roles across the business.”
Investment in the Scunthorpe site followed an 80% sales boost for TSC in its latest financial quarter, boosted by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak’s Eat Out to Help Out initiative.
The manufacturer is now expecting demand for its products to be high in light of new plans laid out by the Government for economic recovery and the easing of lockdown restrictions.
News of 100 new jobs being created by TSC followed coronavirus pressures last year, which saw the manufacturer axe up to 200 jobs.
Redundancies in 2020
Consultations into the redundancies followed a 75% year-on-year reduction in production at the soup making business, thanks to operational restrictions caused by the global pandemic.
At the time, managing director Raymond Pigg said: “The new operational restrictions placed on our customers mean they require much less from us as they start to emerge from this scenario, which in turn, impacts our forecast significantly.
“With this in mind, we have conducted a considered and in-depth review of our market position and it is clear that, to protect the future of the business, we must operate from a lower cost base.”
Meanwhile, a new £50m bottling plant is to create more than 150 new jobs in South Derbyshire. The production facility is the first for the MEG Group in the country and will supply bottled mineral water and soft drinks to Lidl stores across the UK and Ireland.