Case studies

Premier Foods

Premier Foods has a well-established workforce with a very low staff turnover. The company realised it had to act to prevent a skills shortage within its workforce and therefore decided to invest in recruiting and training its own home-grown talent for the future. The company was one of the first food manufacturers to offer the Advanced Food Operator (Level 3) Apprenticeship when it was introduced in 2016.

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Swizzels Matlow

Swizzels Matlow is a family run business in all respects. It is run by the 3rd generation of the founding families, and is where generations from the same families work side by side. Employing nearly 600 employees, this New Mills based confectionery manufacturer and global exporter, encourages incredible staff loyalty, with over 20% of employees having worked for the company for over 20 years.

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Synseal Group

Founded in 1980, Synseal Group is the UK’s fastest growing and most dynamic window and conservatory systems manufacturer. Synseal remains fully independent and is owned by the people that run the company on a day-to-day basis following a successful MBO in February 2010.

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Presspart

Presspart in Blackburn is a wholly owned subsidiary of Heitkamp and Thumann, a leading global supplier of precision formed metal and plastic components. The Blackburn site produces precision drawn metal components for bothIndustrial and Pharmaceutical uses.

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Hitchen Foods

Bakkavor Hitchen Foods, produce prepared vegetables and convenience salads for customers including Sainsbury’s, ASDA, Morrisons and The Co-operative. A need was identified to strengthen their lean processes whilst embedding a positive behavioural and culture change across the site.

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Santander Operations

Santander Operations is a global company that manages transactions conducted by Santander Group’s banks and financial institutions in the countries where it operates. It has established Centres of Excellence providing operational management services for Santander Group entities in retail banking.

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Stanley Black & Decker

STANLEY Engineered Fastening, a Stanley Black & Decker Inc. Company, develops fasteners that uniquely resolve assembly issues providing an extremely cost-effective tooling and installation process. There is virtually no industry in which a STANLEY Engineered Fastening product or installation tool or system is not used.

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Arla Foods

Arla Foods is a global dairy company and co-operative owned by 12,600 dairy farmers about 2,800 of whom are British. The milk from Arla framers goes into a full range of fresh dairy products to the UK’s major retailers and foodservice customers.

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Worldwide Fruit

Worldwide Fruit are an international fruit marketing and distribution Company sourcing products globally, from over 1000 growers worldwide ensuring continuity of supply 365 days of the year. Established in January 2000, they are an award winning business supplying top Quality fruit to the UK’s leading supermarkets.

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Jacuzzi

Bradford based Jacuzzi is a recognised market leader in the manufacture of kitchen sinks, taps and accessories for onward international sale, producing in excess of one million units per annum.

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