Jobs boost at Rick Bestwick as business booms
FSDF member Rick Bestwick, the UK’s leading temperature controlled food storage specialist, is celebrating rapid growth with the addition of more than 30 permanent staff.
The new starters, at the firm’s Chesterfield headquarters, range from warehouse operatives to apprentices and managers.
Rick Bestwick, which is part of the Magnavale Group has undergone a transformative period since Colin Taylor joined the company in September 2017. With Colin forming a powerful duo with founder and co-owner Stuart Hancock, the company has gone from strength to strength and is now solidifying its position with additional staff.
Colin Taylor, CEO of Magnavale, said: “As our client base expands, our staff has to expand with it to guarantee our high service standards, and we are delighted to welcome our new colleagues on board. It’s an exciting time at Rick Bestwick, and as we continue to grow, we look forward to a bright future together.”
The new positions include 27 warehouse operatives which became essential due to rapid increases in demand for blast freezing and microwave tempering – services Rick Bestwick specialise in.
Rick Bestwick has the largest blast freezing capacity in the UK, a 1,200 tonne per week microwave capability, as well as plans to further automate and expand this offering in the near future.
Colin added: “The increased demand for these technologies and services runs in parallel with the demand for proper end to end logistics necessary for modern companies to scale, grow and simplify their operations, and it’s something our customers know we can provide.”
The coldstore expert has also launched two new apprenticeship schemes to grow future talent. They have seen Liam Talbot, become Rick Bestwick’s finance apprentice whilst Lauren Stapleton, is HR and business apprentice.
Lauren said: “I can tell I’m going to love it here and gain so much experience, I already have several professional training courses to look forward to.”
The recruitment drive at Chesterfield comes as Rick Bestwick wins several major export contracts and more than doubles its, already substantial, blast freezing capacity.
Colin added: “While this is a period of rapid growth, this is only the start of our ambitions, not just in Chesterfield, but also at our sites in Scunthorpe, Liverpool and Warrington.”
For more information about careers at Rick Bestwick, visit www.rickbestwick.com or call 01246 854999.