Bridgwater Morrisons depot to get even bigger

MORRISONS depot, Bridgwater

MORRISONS depot, Bridgwater

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THE jobs market in Bridgwater has been given another welcome boost this week with the announcement that Morrisons is expanding its distribution centre.


The supermarket giant will create about 50 local jobs when it opens a new distribution operation in Bridgwater to support the expansion of its ‘M local’ convenience business further into the South-West and South Wales.

The 95,000 sq ft facility will be part of Morrisons’ existing 750,000 sq ft Bridgwater site and an extension of the current produce picking operation there, near to Willow Green, Morrisons’ regional distribution centre.

 
A spokesman for the firm could not provide an exact figure for the new investment but said it was “sizeable”. He added: “The new operation will ready by September and we hope to advertise jobs locally by the end of summer.”


Bridgwater Mayor Steve Austin said: “This is fantastic news. Anything which creates local jobs will be a benefit to everybody. It just confirms we are on the up in Bridgwater and that employers want to continue to invest in our area.”


Sedgemoor District Council chairman Cllr Peter Downing added: “I am delighted about this news. 
“Morrisons has been extremely well received since setting up the distribution centre. I think it was always their plan to continue their investment in the town. I think they have a local labour agreement, so I’m delighted there will be even more local jobs on offer.”


The existing building will be modified to care for fresh products, which will be delivered to 100 M local convenience stores. It will also support Morrisons’ convenience distribution centre in Feltham during busy periods.


John Passman, head of multi-channel distribution and infrastructure, said: “We already have picking and distribution expertise at Bridgwater and it makes commercial sense to leverage that expertise to support the growth of our convenience business in the region.”


The site will be operated by Morrisons logistics partner, DHL, which already operates the Willow Green regional distribution centre.


The news follows last week’s announcement that a multi-million pound hotel project in Eastover can also begin this year, creating 300 jobs in the town.

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5:11pm Tue 22 Jul 14

rabtaxi says...

more jobs for immigrants then
more jobs for immigrants then rabtaxi
  • Score: -3

5:30pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Blue Owl says...

Typical Racist Attitude, as long as they live here, work here and pay their income Tax, then if they have the accepted requirements that the Employer requires, then they are as entitled to Apply and be considered for this employment. As a Good employer, One would expect them to be literate in English, both verbal and written, then Why Not !!!!
If, the local unemployed were to apply, and make an effort to gain employment then perhaps an appropriate number will also be successfull.
This is a similar Arguements that were put forward @ The Milk Distribution and Packing Depot Wisemans, we should all be pleased that employment Prospects are positive in and around Bridgwater. Just see how many applicants come from Taunton area looking for Work.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Typical Racist Attitude, as long as they live here, work here and pay their income Tax, then if they have the accepted requirements that the Employer requires, then they are as entitled to Apply and be considered for this employment. As a Good employer, One would expect them to be literate in English, both verbal and written, then Why Not !!!! If, the local unemployed were to apply, and make an effort to gain employment then perhaps an appropriate number will also be successfull. This is a similar Arguements that were put forward @ The Milk Distribution and Packing Depot Wisemans, we should all be pleased that employment Prospects are positive in and around Bridgwater. Just see how many applicants come from Taunton area looking for Work. David L Preece Blue-Owl Blue Owl
  • Score: -13

9:54pm Tue 22 Jul 14

'tis true says...

How may current employees were "local" before they started working for Morrisons then ? A fair number are brought in from outside the County ( Or Country) and once they get accommodation in the area are classed as local......not "local" in the true sense of the word is it ??
How may current employees were "local" before they started working for Morrisons then ? A fair number are brought in from outside the County ( Or Country) and once they get accommodation in the area are classed as local......not "local" in the true sense of the word is it ?? 'tis true
  • Score: 12

7:50am Wed 23 Jul 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

Blue Owl wrote:
Typical Racist Attitude, as long as they live here, work here and pay their income Tax, then if they have the accepted requirements that the Employer requires, then they are as entitled to Apply and be considered for this employment. As a Good employer, One would expect them to be literate in English, both verbal and written, then Why Not !!!!
If, the local unemployed were to apply, and make an effort to gain employment then perhaps an appropriate number will also be successfull.
This is a similar Arguements that were put forward @ The Milk Distribution and Packing Depot Wisemans, we should all be pleased that employment Prospects are positive in and around Bridgwater. Just see how many applicants come from Taunton area looking for Work.
David L Preece
Blue-Owl
Funny that Dave as on your Facebook page you seem to have shared a poster from an organisation called "Britain First" with the wording

"BRITISH JOBS FOR BRITISH WORKERS NOT BRITISH JOBS FOR FOREIGN WORKERS"

you're doing well lately what with your recent cheap shot at Tessa Munts regarding her sexual abuse article.

Keep going
[quote][p][bold]Blue Owl[/bold] wrote: Typical Racist Attitude, as long as they live here, work here and pay their income Tax, then if they have the accepted requirements that the Employer requires, then they are as entitled to Apply and be considered for this employment. As a Good employer, One would expect them to be literate in English, both verbal and written, then Why Not !!!! If, the local unemployed were to apply, and make an effort to gain employment then perhaps an appropriate number will also be successfull. This is a similar Arguements that were put forward @ The Milk Distribution and Packing Depot Wisemans, we should all be pleased that employment Prospects are positive in and around Bridgwater. Just see how many applicants come from Taunton area looking for Work. David L Preece Blue-Owl[/p][/quote]Funny that Dave as on your Facebook page you seem to have shared a poster from an organisation called "Britain First" with the wording "BRITISH JOBS FOR BRITISH WORKERS NOT BRITISH JOBS FOR FOREIGN WORKERS" you're doing well lately what with your recent cheap shot at Tessa Munts regarding her sexual abuse article. Keep going freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
  • Score: 16

12:16am Thu 24 Jul 14

Boring says...

New jobs?Temps or zero hour contracts?.
Thats the reality in 2014 coalition Britain.
People I know tell me Morrison's are terrible employers.

We all know that with zero hour contracts and workfare etc the unemployment figures ( supposably) coming down is one BIG fiddle by this Tory led coalition ( can't call it a Tory government as they couldn't win an election. Just like someone else eh Dave ;)
David Preece is all of a sudden a foreign worker lover,don't tell your right wing Tory chums that Dave ;)
New jobs?Temps or zero hour contracts?. Thats the reality in 2014 coalition Britain. People I know tell me Morrison's are terrible employers. We all know that with zero hour contracts and workfare etc the unemployment figures ( supposably) coming down is one BIG fiddle by this Tory led coalition ( can't call it a Tory government as they couldn't win an election. Just like someone else eh Dave ;) David Preece is all of a sudden a foreign worker lover,don't tell your right wing Tory chums that Dave ;) Boring
  • Score: 2

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