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29 November 2016

Souper time at Batchelors!

​Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and local Ashford MP, Rt Hon Damian Green MP, paid a visit to the Batchelors factory in Kennington Road last Friday to get an update on activities at the site and congratulate Sally Gillam on her 40 years of service.


The factory, owned by Premier Foods, employs more than 300 people making a range of foodstuffs from Batchelors Cup a Soup, Paxo stuffing to the new Paul Hollywood cake and bread mixes. 

Premier Foods CEO, Gavin Darby, and Factory General Manager, Simon Ellmore, updated the Secretary of State on latest developments at the site including investment in new products and what the company is doing to improve skills and responsibilities amongst the workforce, before taking him on a tour of the factory.   

Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the site which has been a strong member of the Ashford community since 1957.  For 40 of those years, Sally Gillam has been an important member of the team, starting initially as a soup packer in 1976 and progressing to her current role as Process Quality Control Operator in the test kitchen.

Sally commented “I’ve had an opportunity to get involved with some really interesting things and the people at the site are enabling me to have a long and happy career. I’ve made a lot of friends over the years.”
Rt. Hon. Damian Green MP said “I’ve been to the site several times and it’s always great to hear how the company is investing in the future through launching new products and developing its people.   It was great to see the factory in action and speak to many of the staff. I was delighted to be able to congratulate Sally on her incredible achievement of 40 years’ service.” 

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