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We’ve launched a new training hub

As the national labour shortage threatens to impact on supplies of meat and poultry, we have invested in a new training facility at our Middleton on the Wolds factory.

The training hub is one element in a series of initiatives to recruit and retain employees and is run in partnership with Hull-based recruitment specialist, Sutton Recruitment.

Our MD, Nigel Upson explains the rationale for the recruitment drive: “Over the last two years, we have invested £1.5 million to increase capacity due to consumer demand, and now we are having to reduce the number of chicks that we rear because we don’t have the labour to process them.

“Brexit and coronavirus have created a perfect storm that has resulted in 1.3 million EU workers returning to their own countries and this has had a significant impact on production.

“In addition to the training hub, we have introduced several initiatives to encourage new recruits, including flexible ‘school day shifts’, ‘refer a friend’ incentives, a training website and guaranteed career progression for the right candidates.”

We are currently recruiting packing or processing operatives on a part-time or full-time basis and on permanent or temporary contracts that would suit students home for the holidays. Pay is above the minimum wage at £9 per hour and overtime is paid at £11.25. For more information, please contact us by emailing

Pictured left to right: Nigel Upson from Soanes Poultry and Sandra Pfeifere and Graeme Sutton from Sutton Recruitment.