Ensors to develop a new £6.5m plant

Ensors, the Gloucestershire-based meat processing company, is to open a new £6.5m plant in the south west.

The company is to close its two existing premises in Cinderford and move to a new site on an industrial estate in the town.

The new plant has been aided by a £1.9m grant from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and will be finished by the end of the year.

The acquisition and development of the existing abattoir site has been identified as a priority for the area’s regeneration by the Cinderford Regeneration Board and Forest of Dean District Council. The project will provide new facilities for hundreds of farmers, independent producers, wholesalers and customers in the food and retail sectors locally, regionally and nationally.

Steve Leyman, managing director of Ensors, said: “We are delighted that the expansion is going ahead, as it means we can both increase our capacity and offer more services for existing, as well as new, customers.

“We are always looking for ways to ensure we give the very best quality and most flexible services to our customers, as well as running a professional and efficient business. We know that traceability of food is important for our customers and to consumers and it’s important for us, too. We are committed to regional sourcing, adding value and the highest standards of production and animal welfare standards. This expansion will mean we can continue to build on that.

“The RDPE grant and the sale of our existing abattoir site will mean we can invest in the business and the services we provide, not just for now but for the future too, so that we can respond to market pressures and opportunities as they arise and also help our customers to do that.”

As well as opening up new business markets, including an export division, and creating around 20 new full-time jobs over the next three years, the new plant will also help the company reduce its environmental impact through better energy use, increased water recovery and fewer food miles.

Ensors has been based in Cinderford for 76 years and currently employs 130 staff.

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