MP Lisa Celebrates 50 years of HJHeinz in Wigan
Local Wigan MP Lisa Nandy celebrated 50 years of HJ Heinz in Wigan by paying a visit to Wigan’s largest private employer.
Lisa met with Nigel Dickie, Director Corporate & Government Affairs, Andy Henderson, UK&I Logistics Director and Jaap Wilbers, VP Supply Chain, who extolled the virtues of being based in Wigan – skilled workforce, motorway accessibility, closeness to Liverpool docks and importantly access to clean water from the Lake District.
Heinz is a vital economic hub in the town providing jobs directly and indirectly as a result of its business activities. Heinz works closely with Unite the Union in developing employee skills through its learning centre, providing employees the opportunity to develop their career within the company.
Lisa said: “Heinz is a vital part of our town’s structure. The company has been here for 50yrs and has a long term view of the future in Wigan. Their activities provide jobs investment and opportunities for employees to develop. In the challenging economic times that lie ahead they are even more vital to the town’s future. The company ethos of listening and learning with their employees is a model for others to follow.
Speaking with Nigel and his team was a real eye-opener in the logistics of pulling this operation together. But the best thing the absolutely best thing is it’s all done here in our town Wigan.”