WJ South West, a specialist white-lining company, are the latest business to re-locate to booming Wellington. Business Association chairman Keith Wheatley estimates that approximately 500 jobs are coming into the town between now and New Year.
“Wetherspoons are just the most visible new employer, with around 60 jobs created in the new pub this month,” he said. “But the secure hospital at Westpark 26 is only a few months away from opening with up to 200 jobs, ranging from doctors to suppoirt staff.”
Taunto Deane council’s Direct Labour Operation expect to be moving into a site near WJ South West by Christmas, re-locating 180 jobs from the old Taunton depot. The WJ highways workforce is currently 43 but the company plans to expand that very quickly by up to 30%.
Both the town’s established manufacturers, Relyon and Swallowfield, have Recruiting Now banners posted outside their factories and Wellington Motors are frequently looking for new staff.
“Back in the spring Iam Timms, the TDBC economic development mananger, told a WBA meeting that Wellington was the fastest-growing location within the council boundaries,” said Mr Wheatley. “Anecdotally I hear of lots of smaller busineses expanding. Walking around the town centre lots of traders seem to have Staff Wanted notices in their windows.
“If Hinkley Point C does get a go-ahead in the autumn, there’s a real possibility of some recruitment difficulties for local businesses in 2017.”