100 jobs boost at Nelson food firm

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A FOOD supplier in East Lancashire is set to create 100 new jobs by expanding due to ‘non-stop’ demand.

Wellocks wants to expand its unit on the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate in Nelson, by a third to start manufacturing its own pasta for retail and artisan breads in a bakery.

A planning application for the expansion was approved in December last year.

Now, Pendle Council is expected to agree, at a meeting on Thursday, to lease a patch of land to the company for the expansion to go-ahead.

In documents with the application, current boss James Wellock said: “Our future plans lead us to extending the building by a third to enable us to build our business further by the manufacturing of pasta for retail and introduction of a bakery of artisan breads.

“We will also be increasing our preparation room as demand is growing non-stop and we have more than doubled the employees in there in two years.

“With this expansion we will also be adding staff and therefore the extra car park will be essential to us.

“The aim is to bring more business to the area, increasing our work force and customer base simultaneously.”

He said that the recruitment would be the equivalent to 30 full-time staff.

Charlotte Cordingley, from Pendle Council’s property management arm Liberata, said: “The acquisition of the land and the proposed development will allow the company to expand in a manner that is cost effective and will keep the business local.

“It is anticipated the project will increase the staffing level to 300, an additional 100 staff.”

Wellocks is a third generation family firm which has been based in Pendle since 1946 and, according to its website, supplies every Michelin-starred restaurant in the north west.

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5:13pm Sat 18 Jan 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

hmmm the Company said 30 full time staff!!! Pendle council say 100 new jobs???? who know's best
hmmm the Company said 30 full time staff!!! Pendle council say 100 new jobs???? who know's best ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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7:02pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Philip A Berry says...

100 jobs @ 30 full time equivalent is 100 jobs @ 12 hours a week.

Not as attractive as the headline suggests.
100 jobs @ 30 full time equivalent is 100 jobs @ 12 hours a week. Not as attractive as the headline suggests. Philip A Berry
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7:08pm Sat 18 Jan 14

sheepdip says...

100 jobs or 30 still good news for some one,and for Nelson
100 jobs or 30 still good news for some one,and for Nelson sheepdip
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11:41pm Sat 18 Jan 14

2 for 5p ridesagain says...

Yes brilliant news 100 minimum wage jobs, just what we need.
Yes brilliant news 100 minimum wage jobs, just what we need. 2 for 5p ridesagain
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9:04pm Sun 19 Jan 14

RobH2O says...

Whichever permutation at whatever rates, better than one at all.
Whichever permutation at whatever rates, better than one at all. RobH2O
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6:39pm Mon 20 Jan 14

ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123 says...

RobH2O wrote:
Whichever permutation at whatever rates, better than one at all.
only if they get real contracts.and not zero contracts.
[quote][p][bold]RobH2O[/bold] wrote: Whichever permutation at whatever rates, better than one at all.[/p][/quote]only if they get real contracts.and not zero contracts. ROBERTSLUMDWELLER123
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