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Nurturing home grown talent and ability at Holmesterne Foods

From Poland to Brompton-on-Swale – Assistant Factory Manager, Dorota Sawczuk (Dora), describes her career progression at Holmesterne since her arrival in the UK 14 years ago.

This is the story of how a decision to take a six month work contract in the UK back in 2004 put Dora on a career and personal development path whose outcome she never could have predicted.

Dora joins as Production Operative & is promoted to Technical Assistant

Arriving at the Leeming Bar cooked meats production facility with 7 other Polish Nationals, including her sister, Dora stared work as a Production Operative. She was not able to speak good English back then but listening to her now there is very little trace of an accent. Her language skills bear testimony to her ability to apply and develop her skill sets across every job role she has taken on and made her own.

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Recent investment of £550K at Holmesterne Foods doubles capacity

The business has just invested over £550,000 in new cold storage at two of our manufacturing sites in North Yorkshire, doubling our frozen and chilled capacity. This is part of our ongoing drive to expand operations and support our customers through increased efficiencies.

We have installed four portable units from Blue Cube Portable Cold Stores which have increased the blast freezing capacity to 70 pallets.

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Enhanced productivity through Automation at Holmesterne Foods

Our Head of Operations, Shaun Bedford, was invited to take part in a recent seminar hosted by Clarion Solicitors in Leeds. This leading law firm is keen to highlight the challenges faced by manufacturing industries and to give progressive companies a voice to share their experiences and solutions as the pace of change quickens in our industry.

The seminar focused on the march of robotics in manufacturing and so Shaun chose to showcase recent automation investments at our manufacturing plants.

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