GALLERY: New site for 100-year-old Fenland firm Pike Textile sparks job rush

A 100-YEAR-OLD Fenland company’s move to a new premises has sparked a job rush from people looking for work.

Since moving to its new 50,000 sq ft factory in Sandall Road, Wisbech, in June, Pike Textile Display has received dozens of enquiries from job seekers.

Jon Allen, Pike’s Managing Director, said: “I’ve never known anything like it. We have been operating in Wisbech for 38 years but have never had this level of interest.

“I must say that the new site in Sandall Road does look impressive. At certain times of the year the nature of our business warrants high usage of temporary staff so the current interest is allowing us to build a database of potential employees.”

Before moving to a single location, Pike were based at two sites in Wisbech’s North End and Nene Parade.

The company, which produces fabric and wallpaper pattern books and window blind sample binders, moved to Wisbech from March in 1973.

Mr Allen said: “It’s great to be under one roof at last. Not only is the new layout more efficient but it’s brighter and a much better working environment.

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“I’m delighted that our 120 staff really like it, because change is never easy and they’ve all worked hard to make this happen.

“I think we’ve taken the long-established art of pattern book making into a new league.”

Pike hope to celebrate the opening of its new factory with a special ceremony in November.

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