King’s Dyke work begins

Work on the much needed King’s Dyke scheme in Whittlesey has started five months early.

Work began on the £32m project between Whittlesey and Peterborough on the A605 recently. IThe work was initially scheduled to begin towards the end of 2020.

The project involves a bridge over the Ely to Peterborough railway line and a new road which will open to traffic by December 2022. As part of the work, the level crossing will be permanently closed.

James Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, hopes the project will bring opportunities to the north of the county such as investment, jobs and homes.

He said the combined authority has given £24.4 million to support Cambridgeshire County Council’s efforts to work on the scheme.

He said: “This route is vitally important to Peterborough, but it suffers terrible delays, especially when the North Bank is flooded. Separating the road and rail crossing will massively improve train travel between Peterborough and Ely.”

Cambridgeshire County Council leader Steve Count said: “I am thrilled we are starting work on this important project for the area and five months earlier than planned is a great achievement.”

More than 100 new jobs at warehouse

A fresh produce supplier in Peterborough is set to recruit 120 new staff.

The recruitment at AMT Fresh is expected to begin early next month for its new Alwalton Hill warehouse, with recruits starting work in August.

There will be a range of job roles available including PPT operators, section leaders and machine operatives. AMT Fresh currently has around 80 staff members, some permanent and some temporary.

AMT Fresh is part of the AM Fresh Group and works with Tesco to supply fruits such as grapes, pineapples, melons and also some vegetables. As part of the partnership, they have created AMK Services, a new business to help manage the packing, warehousing and distribution of products to Tesco throughout the UK. This will operate from the new facility in Peterborough.

The new warehouse is designed to control temperatures to maintain the quality of its fresh produce.

Eventually, the site will employ around 300 people, who will benefit from a range of on-site facilities as well as a cycle to work scheme, free health checks and a discounted shopping voucher scheme.

Details of the available vacancies can be found at www.careers.amfresh.com

New chief executive for digital distributors BGL group

BGL Group, a leading digital distributor of insurance and household financial services, has announced that Chief Executive Matthew Donaldson has stepped down from the board.

After 20 years with the company, and seven years as Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Donaldson stepped down from the role in June.

Matthew joined the business in 1999, when BGL acquired Arnott Century and has played a fundamental role in growing the business over the years, providing strong leadership throughout, with his professional, conscientious and motivational approach.

He progressed quickly through the organisation, leading Budget Retail and subsequently the organisation’s e-commerce activity where he played a key role in the creation of comparethemarket.com.

BGL’S new Chief Executive, Mark Bailie, who is currently one of the NHS Test & Trace service unit leads, will join the company on September 1.

Before taking on this role, Mark spent ten years in private equity, leading large scale buyouts before spending ten years at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Until September, Dominic Platt, Chief Finance Officer will be Interim Chief Executive Officer and will lead the business on a day-to-day basis.
Chairman Debbie Hewitt MBE said: “After seven successful years as CEO, Matthew will be handing over to a new leader, who will set the priorities for the next phase of development for the business.

“We thank Matthew for the valuable contribution that he has made to BGL over the years and wish him well for the future. I am pleased to welcome Mark to our business.”

“Our business remains robust, in spite of the uncertain external context of the coronavirus and we very much appreciate the hard work of all colleagues to ensure that we continue to focus on our customers and partners during these unprecedented times.”