30 jobs at booming surplus food firm

Tom Rumboll, Company Shop
Tom Rumboll, Company Shop

A South Yorkshire surplus food firm is creating 30 jobs and switching to 24-hour operation to keep pace with demand.

Company Shop is hiring 30 retail and operative staff and has stepped up parts of its operation to run 24/7 at its headquarters in Tankersley, Barnsley.

The firm, launched by John Marren 40 years ago, now employs more than 500 and claims to be the UK’s largest food redistributor.

It also has warehouses in Corby, Grimsby and Middleton in Manchester, which have shops attached.

The firm buys in more than 30,000 tonnes of surplus stock from big-name manufacturers and stores – under a strict set of contracts – including Tesco every year.

Items become surplus for a host of reasons including a misprinted label, or updated designs – but all are within date.

They are sold at up to 70 per cent less than shop prices to 17,000 members who either work in the food industry – through 18 on-site shops – the NHS or the emergency services.

Tom Rumboll, commercial director, Company Shop said: “We are very excited to be continuing to expand our operation at our headquarters in Tankersley, opening up new employment opportunities for the local community.

“With extra colleagues on board we can stop more good food from going to waste and provide a boost for our local economy.

“I urge anyone who is interested in retail roles across varied shift patterns to get in touch with our recruitment team.”

The firm also runs two local Community Shops – in Goldthorpe, Barnsley and Lambeth – which are social enterprises and only sell to local people on income support.

The group champions a profit-with-purpose model, aiming to deliver social, environmental and economic value to members, colleagues and clients.

The firm turns over £31 million and is growing at more than 50 per cent a year annually.

It won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise this year – the highest honour for a UK business.

It was also a finalist in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards.