Barton-upon-Humber

Kitchen company creates 1,200 new jobs

Wren Kitchens has revealed plans to spend £120 million building a new factory in North Lincolnshire.

The kitchen supplier has submitted a planning application for expansion at its site in Barton-upon-Humber which would create up to 1,200 new jobs in the area.

It currently employs more than 1,500 people at its headquarters in the town and a further 1,000 people across Scunthorpe, Howden and Hull.

Wren Kitchens Managing Director, Mark Pullan, said: “This project will be the largest single investment in Wren’s history and having considered different locations both across the UK and abroad, we believe that developing the existing site in Barton-upon-Humber provides us with the best solution.

“The new factory demonstrates our commitment to manufacturing in the UK and particularly the Humber Region. We believe that continual re-investment in our business is essential to maintaining our current growth rate and subject to receiving planning approval, the project will be funded internally.”

Wren opened its first showroom 10 years ago and has grown to become to country’s larges kitchen retailer with 78 showrooms.

The new expansion in Lincolnshire is required to keep up with Wren’s future expansion plans.

Wren is holding a public event to discuss the plans on Tuesday, June 11 at Baysgarth School, Barton-upon-Humber from 4pm to 8pm.

Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Cllr Rob Waltham, said: “It’s a fantastic vote of confidence for the business and for North Lincolnshire that Wren Kitchens is looking to expand its operations in Barton.

“The move could see more highly skilled jobs brought to our area, and such large private investments often prove to be a catalyst for further investments in the surrounding areas.

“Barton and North Lincolnshire are ideally located to allow major businesses like Wren Kitchens to access the rest of the region and the country easily by road and rail. Wren have obviously recognised that North Lincolnshire has the space their business needs to grow, and a workforce with the skills they need to support that growth.”