1,200 Humber jobs boost in Wren Kitchens go-ahead

An application from Wren Kitchens to expand its site in Barton upon Humber has been approved by North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee.

The £120 million expansion scheme will almost double the size of the company’s operations on the site – known as The Nest – off Barrow Road in the town, and lead to the creation of up to 1,200 jobs.

North Lincolnshire Council leader Cllr Rob Waltham said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Wren and support their growth here in North Lincolnshire.

“Wren’s expansion in Barton will provide a major boost to our local economy and bring more, highly skilled jobs to our employment market.

“Such a large private investment is a real vote of confidence in North Lincolnshire, and can often act as a catalyst for further investment elsewhere in our area.

“This planning permission is just the start and I look forward to continuing to work with Wren to help expand their workforce and find the right skills they need to support growth.”

Wren Kitchens managing director, Mark Pullan, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the huge amount of support we’ve received from the community and the council for this new manufacturing facility.

“Over 200 people attended our drop-in session providing us with great feedback what we were able to incorporate into our plans.

“Since we set up our headquarters in Barton-upon-Humber in 2013 we have been welcomed by the local community and we have developed strong ties with local community groups, sports teams, charities and schools.”

After launching 10 years ago, Wren is now the largest kitchen manufacturer and retailer in the UK, employing over 4,000 people.

Building work on the extension is expected to start in late November 2019.