Company Shop to create 50 new jobs

COMPANY Shop, the redistributor of surplus food, has announced plans to create 50 new jobs by opening a new 8,000sq ft store in Middleton, Greater Manchester.

The store, in the Stakehill Industrial Estate, will open mid-November.

The aim of Company Shop is to “Stop Good Food Going to Waste” by redistributing both retailer own-label and branded food and FMCG supply chain surplus.

The new site is Company Shop’s fourth offering, adding to its portfolio of stores in Grimsby, Corby and their headquarters in Barnsley, with Middleton representing a seven figure investment for the business.

The expansion has been supported by MIDAS, Manchester’s inward investment agency and part of the Manchester Growth Company. MIDAS worked closely with Company Shop to provide market information and property searches, and is currently assisting with the recruitment campaign.

The store will be managed by Vijay Patel who worked for Asda for 30 years, where he raised more than £250,000 for local and national charities as their community champion.

Patel said: “We are so excited to bring Company Shop to Greater Manchester and we can’t wait to open in November.

“I’m very proud to be taking on the management of this store and to be working for a business that does so much good for its members and the food sector more broadly.  I look forward to managing Company Shop’s development and expansion in Manchester.”
MIDAS director of business development Daniel Storer said: “Company Shop is a welcome addition to the region’s food and drink sector and the business will benefit from Greater Manchester’s established cluster of food and drink manufacturing companies.

“We look forward to seeing Company Shop thrive, developing new business across the region and strengthening existing relationships with clients.”

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