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Extra shift to create 80 jobs

LebusPadstowLebus Upholstery is to significantly swell its workforce by introducing a night shift to meet demand.

The Scunthorpe company is to create 80 jobs, pushing employee numbers to almost 500.

'We have seen significant growth in sales from £20m to potentially £33m for the current year. We have steadily recruited staff over the past three years from 300 in 2011 to over 400 now. Now we are looking to recruit 80 employees for the next expansion. We are planning a full second shift so we can maximise use of the existing plant,' says Darrell Bettany, Lebus finance director.

The new shift, to start in November, would run from 4pm to 12.45am, from Monday to Thursday and from 2.35pm to 9.55pm on Friday.

Jobs on offer at Lebus include machinists, upholsterers, frame assemblers, wood mill operatives, foam operatives, fabric cutters and sorters and administration staff.

The company expects to see production increase from 1,400 orders a week to 1,700.

'We have enjoyed successful growth with existing customers and added some new key accounts in the last year which has really driven the added growth. As we run into the seasonally busy period leading up to Christmas and the New Year sales, we are having to put measures in place to cope with the anticipated increase in output,' says Bettany.