Jobs boost for Burnley as new Warburtons site greenlit

Food manufacturer Warburtons has been given permission to go ahead with a new £20m facility in Burnley, expecting to lead to 60 new jobs.

The new site will be built adjacent to the existing bakery in the Lancashire town, with work expected to begin this week leading up to a January 2015 completion date.

The new bakery will produce Warburtons’ range of Sandwich Alternatives, including its wraps and sandwich thins products, after being given the green light by Burnley Council at the end of last week.

Neil Campbell, managing director at Warburtons, said: “This is an exciting time for the business and underlines our continued commitment to future growth.

“We recognise that consumer needs and tastes are changing and we must ensure we are fit to meet their needs, now and into the future.

“As a family business, we are able to take decision for the long term and we’re looking forward to expanding our presence in Burnley – a town which we have been a part of for over 30 years.”

Warburtons has existing wraps and sandwich thins plants in Bristol and Bolton and produces over £1million of these products each week.

Burnley, where Warburtons has had a presence for over 30 years and employs 250 people, was chosen as the next location for investment due to its supply chain links and suitability for build.