Friday, 08 January 2021

New Telford warehouse to secure 250 jobs

Plans have been revealed for a new production warehouse for a firm in Telford, which could secure the future of up to 250 jobs.

Stoford Developments has submitted a planning application for the new 123,835 sq ft building on a 6.72-acre plot at Hortonwood 40, on behalf of food portion manufacturer Portion Solutions.

The proposed development includes ancillary office accommodation and car parking, and is designed to facilitate Portion Solutions’ production and distribution operations.

Portion Solutions was formed in February 2020, combining the extensive portion packing experience of Single Source Limited and CustomPack. It is one of the UK's leading portion packers of sugar, sweetener, sauces, salt, pepper and hot beverages, and supplies the UK hospitality industry as well as contract packing for some of the UK’s biggest consumer brands.

Portion Solutions currently occupies three separate buildings in Telford, one in Halesfield Industrial Estate and a further two in Stafford Park. The proposed new development will allow it to develop its operations in the area, where it already employs 250 people, and meet the long-term growth aspirations of the business, which could see additional jobs created.

If the planning application is successful, work could start on the new building in September 2021.

Angus Huntley, development manager at Stoford, said: “Portion Solutions is making a commitment to its future in Telford, which is great news for employment in the area. This proposal has the potential to give Portion Solutions a new warehouse, combining three operations under a single roof and enabling it to continue to provide market-leading products to wholesalers, distributors and foodservice operators nationwide.”

Fiona Norfolk, managing director of Portion Solutions, added: “This is a significant and exciting development in the life of Portion Solutions. We will have a purpose-built facility in which we will evolve our current capabilities and grow into new areas over the coming years.”

Rod Spiby, director of Bulleys Bradbury, which advised Portion Solutions on the acquisition, said: “Portion Solutions’ business expansion required additional production and distribution space. The current shortage of quality industrial space in the region resulted in securing land for a new bespoke building to accommodate their requirements.

“A new build also offers additional benefits bringing the current operation under one roof within a higher specification and more efficient building. Portion Solutions’ significant investment in the new facility is yet another example of confidence in the employment skills available in Telford and the high quality of the working environment.

“The partnership with Stoford to procure this facility, preserving and creating jobs, is working well and it will be good to see another new building on employment land which has previously lay dormant for many years.”

Source : Shropshire Star

 

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