Kinnerton at Fakenham hiring 100 extra workers

Kinnerton needs 100 extra staff for its production line in Fakenham.

Kinnerton needs 100 extra staff for its production line in Fakenham. - Credit: IAN BURT

The town's biggest employer says it is looking to invest for the future by increasing its permanent workforce in the town.

The company is entering its busiest period of the year.

The company is entering its busiest period of the year.

There are vacancies on the factory floor, as the firm gears up for Christmas and Easter.

Flyers have been posted up around the town centre saying: 'Kinnerton are recruiting production operatives - NOW.'

Dean Hunter, the firm's head of HR, said: 'As a business we're fairly seasonal, we start to gear ourselves up for Christmas production this time of year.

'In mid-summer we trial and launch our new Christmas products and then we go straight into production.

Kinnerton chocolate factory, Fakenham. Picture: Ian Burt

Kinnerton chocolate factory, Fakenham. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

'Our business is becoming a bit more stable, so we're looking to invest in the long term, invest in our permanent workforce.

'We want more people, it's not necessarily down to growth, it's more strategic.'

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The company, which turned over £83.4m last year, already employs 678 people in Fakenham, making it the town's largest employer.

It makes themed confectionary products, ranging from Star Wars and Frozen advent calendars to Thomas the Tank Engine and Peppa Pig easter eggs, in its expanded factory off Oxborough Lane.

It also makes Magnum chocolates in partnership with the ice cream brand's owner Unilever.

The company opened a new 25,000sq ft extension in January, to help it to cope with demand for its products from both UK and export customers.

Mr Hunter said as well as the new permanent roles in Fakenham, Kinnerton would also still need between 100 and 250 agency workers on short term contracts to help on the production lines at times of peak demand through the late summer/autumn and winter months.

He said that new permanent staff would start on the basic £7.20 an hour minimum wage.

But he added: 'After a relatively short period of time, people can progress, there are different grades and shifts which allow them to increase their earnings.'

Anyone interested in the vacancies should call 01328 850800, e-mail l.egelton-dagg@kinnerton.com or obtain an application form from the reception desk at the Kinnerton factory, on Oxborough Lane, or the Kinnerton shop in the Millers Walk arcade.

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