FW Mansfield & Son farm in Kent creates dozens of new jobs

Dozens of new jobs are up for grabs at FW Mansfield & Son's farm in Kent thanks to the creation of an £8.5m packhouse and storage complex.

The farm, in Chartham near Canterbury, celebrated the completion of its state-of-the-art facility with a champagne reception "preview" event held earlier this month, ahead of the official opening ceremony planned for this autumn when the packhouse is fully operational.

Business owner Paul Mansfield said: "As a result of this further expansion of our business at Nickle Farm, we will be able to offer more than 60 new full-time jobs to local people."

Mansfield's decision to keep his existing packhouse — as opposed to replacing it with the new one as he had initially planned — has made the new job openings possible as he now needs twice as many staff members.

The building of the facility was in part made possible with a SEEDA (South East England Development Agency)/RDPE (Rural Development Programme for England) grant of £1m.

For more on this story see Grower, 28 August.


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