I found the opportunity to tour Tilmanstone Salads who create 750 of our local jobs to hear about all of the in house opportunities they provide for their staff really encouraging.
It is incredibly impressive that they provide all of the packed salads for Marks & Spencer up and down the country from their factory. In addition, there is an on-site food development team dedicated to new Marks & Spencer products. The 22 acre site, which the company has been based at since 2001, is operational 24 hours a day, 363 days a year. The site produces up to 70 different fresh products a day, totalling up to 1,650,000 packs of fresh produce a week.
As well as touring the production site, I heard about the support provided for workers at the factory including a staff training centre, weekly visits from an in-house physio and a range of company backed initiatives including family fun days and staff charity fundraising efforts.
I'm looking forward to seeing how the business and local job opportunities grow with the £3.1 million they have invested in their factory this year.
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