Flower firm’s Spalding site to close

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A flower and plant firm is set to close its Spalding site this year - but hopes to find jobs for all 120 workers at its other South Holland bases.

Intergreen, which supplies supermarkets with cut flowers and house plants, has announced that it will leave its rented buildings at Bowmans Chilled Stores in Camelgate in Spalding to relocate to a new 11,000m2 site off the M62 at Newport, near Hull.

The firm also puts together plant arrangements and bouquets in West Cobgate, Moulton and Washway Road, Holbeach and hopes to accommodate the Spalding workforce there.

Logistics director Hans Mulder said: “We’re doing our level best to relocate as many of the employees as possible to one of our other Intergreen UK sites.

“Of course, Newport will be one of their options, although it’s further away from Spalding than the others are.”

Intergreen, which is part of the Dutch Flower Group, moved in to Camelgate when it left Bicker a couple of years ago and says this move away from Spalding has been prompted by a “vigorous growth in turnover” and the chance to “optimise” logisitcs close to the Yorkshire port.

Mr Mulder, who is responsible for the firm’s British sites, added: “We are confident of our future, so — notwithstanding the hard times economically for this sector — we’ve decided to move into new premises.

“At the new site, we’ll be able to further ensure the future growth in UK turnover that we’ve been experiencing since the start in 1999.

“Another great advantage is our new location in Newport will be well set up for ongoing professionalisation.”

The Board of Directors informed staff of the move last Wednesday.

Mr Mulder said it was too early to say when the move will take place but the firm hopes to start building at Newport soon.

Intergreen employs 400-450 people, including agency staff, at its sites in Moulton and Holbeach. Clients include Asda, Carrefour, Champion, Somerfield and Tesco.