A MAJOR employer IN South Gloucestershire has announced 100 new jobs.

Pilgrim’s UK, one of Britain’s leading food and farming businesses, is looking for 100 skilled and unskilled workers to join its team at the Tulip site in Westerleigh from this month.

The company purchased Tulip Ltd in 2019 for £290million - a company that had been struggling financially for several years.

Tulip Ltd was sold to the US business Pilgrims Pride Corporation in October 2019.

The Tulip site at Oakleigh Green Farm in Westerleigh was a working farm up until 1978 when it was converted to a multi species abattoir.

It now supplies many of the country’s major supermarkets and foodservice outlets with high quality pork products, and currently employs more than 600 staff.

The site is now increasing the size of its team in order to support the 50% increase in new business over the past 12 months and the opening of the site’s newest department, dedicated to supplying fresh pork joints.

The vacancies include roles in the butchery and packaging departments, as well as for abattoir workers. Opportunities are available for those with previous or no experience.

Hayley Hodges, HR Manager at Pilgrim’s UK in Westerleigh, said: “Our latest recruitment drive is testament to the increased demand we’ve seen at the Westerleigh site over the last year. As a result, we’re pleased to be able to offer more jobs and training opportunities in the local area – something that has always been important to us as a business.

“We are excited to be able to provide our new hires with a full training plan for all levels, including those looking to reach management positions.”