£12m warehouse could create up to 100 jobs in Leicester

£12m warehouse could create up to 100 jobs in Leicester

Up to 100 new jobs could be created at the new £12 million Samworth Brothers food distribution centre which has just opened on the outskirts of Leicester.

Around 380 staff have already relocated to Samworth Brothers' new Oak Meadow warehouse on the site of the former British Shoe Corporation in Braunstone Frith.

The new 155,000 sq ft distribution hub is some three times the size of the company’s previous facility at Meridian Business Park.

The Melton food maker, known for its Dickinson and Morris pork pies, Ginsters pasties and sandwiches, said there is capacity to grow the number of workers there to 500.

Ian Fletcher, executive director of the £925 million turnover Samworth Brothers Group said: “This new facility is an important milestone for Samworth Brothers.

“It gives us a new purpose-built supply chain home for the next 20 years or so in Leicestershire and has some important new capabilities that will help us develop the business further.

“When we open we will have around 380 staff on site but there is significant room to grow over the next decade and beyond.

"In the future, if the site was working at full capacity, it could require a workforce of 500 or more.”

Staff and operations have been transferring to the new site at the Leicester Distribution Park, for the past few weeks.

As well as being three times the size, it has an extra 30 vehicle docking stations compared to the previous site, up from 19.

Samworth Brothers supply chain managing director Paul Bennell said the business was excited to be officially unveiling the new facility.

He said: “It is so much bigger and better and represents a significant investment for the business.

“It extends our capacity locally and will ensure all of our Leicester and Melton Mowbray businesses are able to grow further with these distribution services in place.”

The Oak Meadow site has the ability to blast freeze products down to minus 20C, and ‘temper’ them back to chill temperatures.

It uses the latest technology in its warehousing systems and has a vehicle maintenance unit on site.

There is also office space for up to 160 staff, a staff restaurant and staff gym.

The family-owned Samworth Brothers has 19 companies under its umbrella, including Soreen, West Cornwall Pasty Company, Walker & Son and the SCI-MX nutritional supplements.

It employs around 8,500 people, mainly in Leicestershire.