Investing in staff boosts sales turnover, reduces staff turnover - herb grower

West Sussex specialist herb grower Langmead has said is on course to grow by 50 per cent in 2016, with staff numbers up 15 per cent after a recent recruitment campaign.

Image: Langmead Group
Image: Langmead Group

Its chief executive Ian Summerfield said: "People development is a major contributor to this success and, fuelled by it, will prime Langmead for future growth ahead."

Staff retention rates are high for the food industry, with 57 per cent of the 60-strong workforce having service longer than three years and 20 per cent longer than five years, the company said, adding that a recent employee survey found, with "an overwhelming majority" proud to say they work there.

"We have created a virtuous circle, where staff feel engaged with the company so they stay with us, develop their skills, often earning promotion and engaging further by contributing new ideas to the business," Summerfield added.

Company training includes improving spoken and written English for staff with potential who are held back by language difficulties.

Staff are able to question and challenge, and suggest new ways of operating, through a staff forum, Employee Voice.

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