Spud specialist to create 45 jobs in Lincolnshire

Branston is launching a recruitment drive

UK-wide potato supplier Branston is set to create 45 new jobs at its prepared foods factory near Lincoln after completing a £6m extension to the facility.

The company has launched a recruitment drive to find new production operatives, quality controllers, technical administrators and forklift drivers after experiencing an increase in demand for its products.

Branston is already the nation’s largest spud supplier, employing around 800 people across its four UK factories and handling 350,000 tonnes of potatoes each year.

The firm, which shares a name with the North Kesteven village in which it was founded over 50 years ago, is holding a recruitment open day at Lincoln City FC’s LNER stadium on Thursday (15 September) to help fill the roles.

It intends to expand its range of ready-to-cook products once the new staff are in place.

Tom Wykes, managing director at Branston Prepared, said: “We have an extremely committed and enthusiastic workforce here and enjoy seeing our people do well and progress.

“The food production industry is an important contributor to the UK’s business success, which we are proud to be a part of. We hope to find a number of new recruits to join us as we continue to invest in new technology and expanding our product range.”

Branston’s factory operations manager Vikki Britton began her career on the production line before working her way up to management level.

She said: “My experience has really proved the more you put in, the more you get out when it comes to taking on a new job. Within the food industry, it’s not all about packing and mundane tasks – but it’s good to start there because you get an understanding of the whole process, which can then be applied to decision-making further along the line.

“The skills achieved here could give me or anyone else the potential to work in other industries, having a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge in your back pocket.”

The company’s HR director Simon Telfer added: “These are exciting times as we continue to evolve to meet increasing demand, creating new opportunities for local people to come and be a part of our success.”