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67,000 burger buns made every hour in Dunstable for fast food chain

Burger buns made in Dunstable for McDonalds Credit: ITV News Anglia

It might have its roots in the States but did you know the buns for McDonalds burgers are made right here in our region.

Over the last year 70 people have been recruited for a new 10,000 square metre factory in Dunstable.

They're now making 67,000 buns every hour, 24 hours a day for restaurants across the country.

Adrian Doran, Commerical Director, Aryzta Bakery Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We have bakers in the north west, we have a bakery in the south west, but nothing really in the south east of England which represents really the biggest market for McDonalds, so it is important to have a presence in this area to enable us to get the freshest product to our restaurants on a daily basis."

– Adrian Doran, Commerical Director, Aryzta Bakery
Burger buns being produced in Dunstable Credit: ITV News Anglia


Essex jobs fair the best yet say organisers

Hundreds packed out the jobs fair in Clacton Credit: Tendring District Council

More than 2,000 jobseekers went along to the third annual 'Tendring Jobs and Careers Fair' in Clacton.

The event which took place at the Princess Theatre attracted 55 exhibitors with around 150 jobs available on the day.

There were long queues to get into the jobs fair Credit: Tendring District Council

"It really was fantastic to see so many people come along, some were searching for jobs while others were looking to change their career path. We also had students from a number of colleges looking to make contact with companies and the feedback from all those involved has already been extremely positive.”

– Giles Watling, Tendring District Council's Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Inward Investment
Jobs and Careers Fair, Clacton Credit: Tendring District Council

Buses were also put on to bring people in from Harwich and they proved popular.

Essex firefighters set further strike date in dispute over job cuts

Essex firefighters walking our on a previous strike. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Fire Brigades' Union in Essex has announced a further strike on Thursday 6 August in their long-running dispute over cuts.

The union says Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) faces budget cuts which will see 187 job losses.

“Our service has suffered cut after cut. These attacks are nothing less than a dismantling of the fire and rescue service in Essex.

"If ECFRS are allowed to continue decimating our frontline service, the public will have to wait longer for their fire engines to arrive in an emergency. It is only a matter of time before there are casualties."

– Alan Chinn-Shaw, FBU

300 jobs created at Stansted Airport

Stansted Airport.

300 jobs have been created at Stansted Airport - the second phase of it's £80 million pound terminal expansion has just been finished and that means there are 12 new cafes, bars and restaurants that need staffing.

The airport says the expansion has resulted in a 70% increase in seating along with free Wi-Fi, charging points and flight countdown info screens.


Young people in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk "nervous" about employment prospects

Half of young people in Cambridgeshire say they're nervous about their employment prospects. Credit: PA

Half of young people in Cambridgeshire say they're "nervous" about their employment prospects, according to new research by charity 'Action for Children.'

In a survey of 15 to 26-year-olds, one in five (15%) also said they feel like they can never have the career they want, while one in three (37%) said they didn't think they had the right skills or training.

It was a similar story in Norwich, where 40% felt they didn't have the required skills and 36% said that that they believed they weren't worth being employed.

New jobs for Peterborough engine-makers

Perkins Engines in Peterborough is to create about 175 jobs over the next three years after the company won a £13 million Government grant.

Perkins Engines export their goods worldwide Credit: ITV

Perkins has turned around its fortunes, after making hundreds of staff redundant in 2009 as profits struggled during the recession. The company exports off-road diesel engines to buyers worldwide and will use the money, secured through the Advanced Propulsion Centre, to develop low-carbon technologies for running diesel engines.

"This collaboration with DENSO INTERNATIONAL UK, Loughborough University, Imperial College London and CMCL Innovations, each of who we have worked closely with over the years, is focused on engine performance, fuel economy and exhaust emission improvements and will support the development of innovative technologies for off-highway diesel engine applications.”

– ark Stratton, Perkins Engines

Hertfordshire County Council release video to aid social worker recruitment drive

Hertfordshire County Council have made a new video to encourage people to apply to be social workers. Credit: Hertfordshire County Council

Hertfordshire County Council is recruiting 80 new social workers to work in its child safeguarding department.

They've made this video to encourage people to apply.

It'll be funded by £4.8 million of government money.

Click below to see the video

“This will be the first time that all these professionals will work together, under one roof, to tackle the root causes of harm in families. The aim is to work with all members of the family to solve issues that put children at risk, so children can stay at home wherever possible, rather than enter care.

The changes will ensure our child protection services are run in the most efficient and effective way, but most importantly help us ensure all children in Hertfordshire have the opportunity to live in a safe home where they can thrive.”

– Sue Williams, Director of Family Safeguarding
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