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Brighton institution Infinity Foods plans 100-job expansion
2:10pm Wednesday 4th July 2012 in News
Scores of jobs are to be created at a food exporting firm.
Infinity Foods has applied to convert the former Edwards factory in Shoreham into a new warehouse and distribution unit.
The firm exported health foods and goods worth £1.5 million worldwide last year from its Portslade warehouse. It also has a retail outlet in North Road, Brighton.
But it believes moving from Portslade to the factory in Dolphin Road, Shoreham, will allow it to expand and take on up to 100 more staff.
Councillors say a road safety audit on the site is needed before the firm can move in.
Adur District Council’s planning committee has agreed to delegate a decision to officers to approve.
Dom Ferrari, from Infinity, said the move would create 50 new jobs immediately with the potential to create up to 100.
The firm currently employs 52 people at its 43,500 square feet site in Norway Street, Portslade.
The Portslade site has been earmarked for mixed-use development in the Brighton and Hove City Plan.
The City Plan will be the council’s key planning document and will provide the overall strategic vision for the future of Brighton and Hove to 2030.
Infinity Foods has agreed to sell the site to a major national housebuilder for around £1.5 million.
Stephen Owen, the managing partner at commercial property agents Graves Son and Pilcher, said terms have been agreed between Infinity Foods and the housebuilder.
He said: “The legal formalities are progressing. There was strong interest in the property from education groups, religious organisations and developers.
Mr Ferrari said: “If all goes to plan we should be able to complete the sale within a month.”
The 70,000 square feet property in Dolphin Road has been empty since technology group Edwards left the site.
More than 100 people were laid off when the group moved its manufacturing base to South Korea and the Czech Republic in January 2010.