Bigham’s, the fast-growing premium prepared meals business, has launched its first recruitment drive of 2021 – with 20 new positions at its Quarry Kitchen, Dulcote.
Last year, Bigham’s sales grew by 20% in three major retailers, and with ambitious targets for 2021, the business is adding 20 new positions to its current 300-strong Somerset team.
Bigham’s is recruiting for a range of roles including the production positions currently advertised, a well-placed role for candidates seeking a first career step in the food industry.
Recognised as a Great Place to Work, Bigham’s offers a competitive rewards package, flexible working patterns and a tailored training and development programme for all team members.
Since the Quarry Kitchen opened in 2017, Bigham’s has regularly increased employment opportunities within the local area, including apprenticeship placements to attract school and college leavers.
Recently accredited as a B Corp, Bigham’s has pledged to balance profit with purpose and actively contribute to the enrichment of its neighbouring communities in Somerset and London.
During the first lockdown, Bigham’s made deliveries to more than 1,500 Mendip residents, providing comforting meals and a night off from cooking. Thousands of meals were also delivered to Somerset hospitals, facilities aiding vulnerable people and key workers, as well as care homes.
Via Charlie Bigham’s Charitable Foundation, the business contributes to a number of community initiatives including Wells-based mental health charity Heads Up, Wells Carnival and Cheddar Valley Food Bank.
As the headline sponsor of Wells Food Festival 2020, Bigham’s oversaw its execution as a national virtual food event, supporting 150 artisan businesses and raising £13,000 for Chefs in Schools.
We have a fantastic team of people at our Quarry Kitchen who have worked extremely hard to support our customers and each other over the last year. After another year of double-digit growth, we expect demand for our dishes to increase further. As a result, we’re delighted to announce that our Dulcote team is expanding and that we’re recruiting 20 people to join our team in the coming weeks – welcome news for the local community during this uncertain economic climate.
Inspired by his travels and love of cooking, Charlie Bigham set up shop back in 1996 with the sole aim of creating really delicious dishes for foodies – putting in all the care and attention that you would if you were to cook them yourself. 2021 marks 25 years since the business’ launch.
Using top quality ingredients, Charlie’s goal was to help people steal back some quality time by doing all the dinner prep for them. Bigham’s selection of dishes now has over 60 delicious meals, made and sold exclusively in the UK, including bestsellers such as Chicken Tikka Masala, Lasagne and Fish Pie.
Recent business highlights include Bigham’s first range of sweet ready-to-bake dishes – Proper Puds – judged the overall winner at The Grocer’s 2020 New Product Awards. Bigham’s was also named by YouGov as the UK food and drink brand most recommended by its customers last year, was the headline sponsor of the virtual Wells Food Festival and certified as a B Corp in the autumn.