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Spalding based company embraces community spirit during coronavirus crisis




The managing director of a Spalding based company has praised his team for their involvement in our community during the pandemic.

Greenyard Fresh UK has been providing produce to community projects throughout the coronavirus crisis.

However, Bill Mathieson, managing director of the company, which imports, ripens and packages fruit, says that he can’t take any credit for the donations - and that his team are behind the generosity.

Greenyard Fresh and Spalding and Pinchbeck COVID Kindness Team (37924820)
Greenyard Fresh and Spalding and Pinchbeck COVID Kindness Team (37924820)

Mr Mathieson said: “I’m really proud of the team. They had seen about the Spalding and Pinchbeck COVID Kindness Team and asked how we, as a company, could help.

“If I could help in terms of facilitating it that’s great, but it was all down to them.

“We operate as a company within a community and we are very concious that a lot of people are struggling so we made a small contribution to people who need it to do our bit.”

Greenyard Stephenson Way Pinchbeck (15836046)
Greenyard Stephenson Way Pinchbeck (15836046)

As well as providing produce for the Spalding and Pinchbeck COVID Kindness Team, Greenyard Fresh UK has also helped other projects in our area such as Gosberton Foodbank and the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James.

Bill took his role as managing director in January, but six weeks later the pandemic hit. However, he has taken this time to focus on staff wellbeing.

He said: “It was very interesting as a new MD to find myself sending people home just six weeks in, but as we could see what was happening in Europe we were becoming genuinely concerned that the UK hadn’t gone into lockdown.

Bill Mathieson, managing director of Greenyard Fresh UK (37924837)
Bill Mathieson, managing director of Greenyard Fresh UK (37924837)

“Ten days before the UK went into lockdown we decided we would ask our office staff to work from home and people were appreciative, but we were concerned about how we would make sure the team still felt connected.

“We began checking in with the team, especially those who live on their own, to ensure that they weren’t isolated. We also introduced a mental health initiative and launched a mental health first aider programme where five people were trained and went on to regularly check in with others.”

Bill has also ensured physical safety within the company, through speaking to those working on the frontline and implementing their ideas, along with safety measures set out by the Government.

Greenyard Fresh UK, based in Spalding, has provided the team with fresh produce. (36795671)
Greenyard Fresh UK, based in Spalding, has provided the team with fresh produce. (36795671)

He said: “The team has come together and it’s great to see.

“For us, the importance of keeping people safe is a priority, especially those working at the operation site - people who are on the frontline in food manufacturing.

“Along with Mark, our operations director, I walk the line and speak to the team because that way they feel that they can raise concerns and give any ideas - and 95% of ideas we have been given we were able to act upon which is great stuff.”


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