Up to 1000 new jobs as Wren Kitchens announces new factory near Scunthorpe

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The UK’s number one kitchen retailer, Wren Kitchens is set to create up to 1,000 jobs at a new factory near Scunthorpe after acquiring a 15-acre site from North Lincolnshire Council.

Founded in 2009, the British manufacturer is now the UK’s largest kitchen retailer with over 100 stores nationwide and around 8,500 employees.

The company currently has two factories in Scunthorpe and its headquarters at The Nest, Barton. However, it has now purchased land off North Lincolnshire Council to build a new factory about one mile north of its existing manufacturing facility in Foxhills Industrial Estate.

Wren Kitchens say the new facility will provide an opportunity for them to be more sustainable by producing component parts here in the UK, rather than importing them from overseas.

The site has been made accessible with a new road and associated infrastructure funded by almost £1 million from the government’s Local Growth Fund through the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). North Lincolnshire Council also contributed £300,000 from its Jobs Growth Fund.

Conservative MP for Brigg and Goole, Andrew Percy was joined by the Conservative MP for Scunthorpe, Holly Mumby-Croft and council leader Cllr Rob Waltham to mark the landmark sale.

Conservative MP Holly Mumby-Croft said:

“I’m delighted that the million pounds of government funding has allowed us to open up this site and bring hopefully jobs and skills into the area with Wren and all the work they’re doing locally.”

Cllr Waltham added: “It’s a really important site for us locally in terms of job creation and Wren are coming here.

“They’ve already got one site in Scunthorpe, they’ve got that amazing site in Barton and they’re expanding even further to bring some of their material manufactures here.”

Asked how many jobs could be created by the new factory, Cllr Waltham said: “Well, the site here and the size of the unit we’re talking, it could be up to a thousand jobs, which is a really promising future.”

“Securing the technical jobs in design and product development as well as the manufacturing roles will have a big impact on the local economy.”

Stephen Parnaby, Wren Kitchen’s business development director said:

“We are always looking to expand our products and this acquisition gives us the opportunity and certainty of being able to plan ahead for the future.”

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