New site sparks jobs rush at Pike

A HUNDRED-year-old Wisbech company’s move to new premises has sparked a lot of interest from prospective jobseekers.

Since moving to its new 50,000 sq ft factory in Sandall Road, Pike Textile Display has received dozens of enquiries from people looking for work.

Managing Director Jon Allen said: “I’ve never known anything like it. We have been operating in Wisbech for 38 years but never had this level of interest. I must say that the new site in Sandall Road does look impressive. At certain times of the year the nature of our business warrants high usage of temporary staff so the current interest is allowing us to build a database of potential employees.”

Before the move to a single location, Pike were based at two sites in North End and Nene Parade. It wasn’t ideal because both sites were split by the River Nene. Some staff were continually having to switch from site to site on a daily basis.

The move heralds a new era in the firm’s 100-year history. The company, which produces fabric and wallpaper pattern books and window blind sample binders, has been an employer in Wisbech since 1973 when they moved from March. The 120 staff are delighted with their new site.

Local contractors have seen the benefit of Pike’s major investment as they won the fit-out work.

“For such a substantial project, it all went very smoothly and I must thank the contractors who all achieved high standards in a tight timescale, completing a complex fit-out in just 3 months” said Mr Allen, who listed the main contractors as Sloan Building and Maintenance, Wisbech Electrical and Burton Heating adding that there are many others who each played an important role.

Sylvia Pike, of the owning family, is relieved that the move is a great success: “I am really pleased with what they’ve achieved. I have to admit to some anxiety before all this happened because it was such a big step for us, having been in the same place for 38 years, to uproot everything and then get it all going again without disturbing our customers. But it’s gone brilliantly well and I’m very pleased with all the staff and contractors for what they’ve done.”

But staff are remaining tight-lipped about a possible celebration to mark the opening of the new factory.

Mr Allen said: “We are aiming to mark this landmark event with a ceremony in November, and I’m really looking forward to meeting the national hero who has agreed to do the honours for us. But I’d like his identity to be a nice surprise for the people we’ll be inviting and as we haven’t sent out the invitations yet, I’d prefer to keep this under wraps for now.”