New jobs as Brighton and Hove food giant expands

A global importing and exporting business is creating scores of new jobs.

Infinity Foods is moving from its home in Norway Street, Portslade, to the former Edwards plant in Shoreham.

The firm will convert the plant into a 70,000 sq ft factory with a state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution unit.

The company is one of the most successful in the city and has a well-known retail operation in North Road.

Dom Ferrari, spokesman at Infinity, said: “We aim to move early in the New Year. The firm has outgrown its site.

"We are going from 41,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet, which means we can operate much more efficiently.”

The property in Dolphin Road in Shoreham has been empty since technology group Edwards quit the site and laid off 100 people when it moved its manufacturing base to South Korea and the Czech Republic.

New homes

Infinity Foods has sold the Norway Street warehouse to Taylor Wimpey for around £1.5 million. It has been ear-marked for mixed-use development in the Brighton and Hove City Plan.

Stephen Owen, managing partner at commercial property agents Graves Son and Pilcher, said contracts were exchanged between Infinity Foods and the house builder yesterday (November 22).

It is also understood that up to 31 homes will be built on the site.

Ash Spearing, senior land manager for Taylor Wimpey South West Thames, said: “Taylor Wimpey has agreed to purchase the Infinity Foods site in Portslade, facilitating the expansion plans of Infinity, which has outgrown its existing premises and will be relocating to larger premises.

“Taylor Wimpey plans to commence community consultation with residents and key stakeholders early in the New Year to shape proposals for a mixed-use scheme for the Portslade site, including family housing and flexible employment space.”

Meanwhile an industrial pump manufacturer is set to create 18 new jobs in the county.

Ram Pumps has applied to move to Hazlewood Trading Estate in Worthing from their existing site in Dominion Way also in Worthing.

The manufacturing company has also applied to install a diesel generator water cooling plant and storage cages for gas canisters.

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5:07pm Fri 23 Nov 12

george smith says...

Ehh Shoreham is in West Sussex, so Brighton must be losing jobs to west sussex
Ehh Shoreham is in West Sussex, so Brighton must be losing jobs to west sussex george smith

6:44pm Fri 23 Nov 12

bug eye says...

Ehh Taylor Wimpey, more faux bland rabbit hutches made of faux brick that will look dated before its built, how about an eco development or state of the art homes, thats what people want from new homes. I hope Infinity with their organic credentials made some provision for the buyer to build something 21st century.
Ehh Taylor Wimpey, more faux bland rabbit hutches made of faux brick that will look dated before its built, how about an eco development or state of the art homes, thats what people want from new homes. I hope Infinity with their organic credentials made some provision for the buyer to build something 21st century. bug eye

7:51am Sat 24 Nov 12

HJarrs says...

Good luck to Infinity foods and I hope they create lots of new jobs and continue to expand. However, how are they are hardly a food giant! Tescos, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons maybe food giants but Infinity foods and one small but popular shop is not.
Good luck to Infinity foods and I hope they create lots of new jobs and continue to expand. However, how are they are hardly a food giant! Tescos, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons maybe food giants but Infinity foods and one small but popular shop is not. HJarrs

8:37am Sat 24 Nov 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

HJarrs wrote:
Good luck to Infinity foods and I hope they create lots of new jobs and continue to expand. However, how are they are hardly a food giant! Tescos, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons maybe food giants but Infinity foods and one small but popular shop is not.
Thanks for the excellent succinct enlightenment, which I suspect has helped all readers to fully context the story.

Is there any reason why the green party 'village idiot' finds it necessary to make such comments when her very audience is probably far more intelligent and aware than she is?
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Good luck to Infinity foods and I hope they create lots of new jobs and continue to expand. However, how are they are hardly a food giant! Tescos, Asda, Sainsbury's, Morrisons maybe food giants but Infinity foods and one small but popular shop is not.[/p][/quote]Thanks for the excellent succinct enlightenment, which I suspect has helped all readers to fully context the story. Is there any reason why the green party 'village idiot' finds it necessary to make such comments when her very audience is probably far more intelligent and aware than she is? Somethingsarejustwrong

9:26am Sat 24 Nov 12

Dealing with idiots says...

Infinity wanted to sell the land to a school but Kitcat and his eco facists blocked it. They dont like academy schools and so a bunch of minority morons have prevented Portslade from having a much needed modern educational establishment. Vote of no confidence petition goes live on Brighton and Hove city council web site next week.. Help reclaim our city.
Infinity wanted to sell the land to a school but Kitcat and his eco facists blocked it. They dont like academy schools and so a bunch of minority morons have prevented Portslade from having a much needed modern educational establishment. Vote of no confidence petition goes live on Brighton and Hove city council web site next week.. Help reclaim our city. Dealing with idiots

11:08am Sat 24 Nov 12

chrisso says...

Who does like Academy schools? Certainly not the people who work in them.
Who does like Academy schools? Certainly not the people who work in them. chrisso

12:18pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

So the Greens allow jobs to be lost to Shoreham whilst another high density development generating council tax and parking tax is chosen over a much needed school.

Where is this petition?
So the Greens allow jobs to be lost to Shoreham whilst another high density development generating council tax and parking tax is chosen over a much needed school. Where is this petition? Hove Actually

11:10pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Dealing with idiots says...

Mr Wall was at a vital conference on Friday so nothing done. Back on Monday so the petition should be up and running on Tuesday. This is a real chance to run the greens out of town and force the Labour and Conservatives to work together rather than biting lumps out of each other. No more waiting for the next election. You work for us chaps and don't forget it.
Mr Wall was at a vital conference on Friday so nothing done. Back on Monday so the petition should be up and running on Tuesday. This is a real chance to run the greens out of town and force the Labour and Conservatives to work together rather than biting lumps out of each other. No more waiting for the next election. You work for us chaps and don't forget it. Dealing with idiots

11:12pm Sat 24 Nov 12

Dealing with idiots says...

petition on the Brighton and Hove city council web site. Search petitions and go from there. They make it difficult but please do persist.
petition on the Brighton and Hove city council web site. Search petitions and go from there. They make it difficult but please do persist. Dealing with idiots

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