MP’s joy at biscuit investment

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden on a tour of the Burton's Biscuits factory.

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden on a tour of the Burton's Biscuits factory.

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Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden has welcomed the £2m investment by Burton’s Biscuits into their Cookie Centre of Excellence in Blackpool on a visit to their Devonshire Road factory.

The company which employs nearly 600, has made the investment allowing them to increase production capacity by 700 tonnes per year.

Mr Marsden met workers while taking a tour of the factory and seeing how the cookies are made.

The visit ended with Mr Marsden meeting representatives from the Baker’s Union (BFAWU) Mandy Mason and Ralph Shaw from Unite the Union.

Mr Marsden, who is the Shadow Minister for Apprenticeships, said: “Burton’s Biscuits has a great history here in Blackpool and employs a lot of people locally. The factory tour gave me a chance to see the new Maryland Gooeys in production. I was very happy to hear from the site manager Derek Harris that the company employs two apprentices – both of which are in their third year of their course.

“I have seen from my work on the Skills Taskforce with the Shadow Business Team the benefits young people get from working and learning jointly within the environment of a successful organisation.

“It was good to meet Mandy Mason the Baker’s Union representative on the site to discuss their new learning centre moving on from the one I opened in 1998.

“I want to follow carefully the possible transfer of the Devonshire Road site to other potential bidders.”

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