180 new jobs as Peterborough agricultural company expands city office

New extension underway for AB Agri offices at Lynch Wood.  EMN-150421-225057009
New extension underway for AB Agri offices at Lynch Wood. EMN-150421-225057009
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Up to 180 jobs are being created by a Peterborough company that has just embarked on a major expansion.

AB Agri, based in Innovation Way at Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, is undertaking building works that will see its offices double in size.

New extension underway for AB Agri offices at Lynch Wood. Pictured is  chief executive David Yiend  EMN-150421-224758009

New extension underway for AB Agri offices at Lynch Wood. Pictured is chief executive David Yiend EMN-150421-224758009

The new three-storey building, which is due to be in operation in early next year, will include offices, a meeting room suite and a cafe.

It will bring the total workforce in Peterborough to 430 people.

The new building will house the company’s hi-tech and growing businesses including AB Vista, its business development team, IT and digital platform team, along with new ventures.

The firm, which was created in 1904, now employs 3,000 people in the UK and overseas, selling agricultural products and services in 70 plus countries.

We have no trouble finding people with the skills we need from Peterborough.

Chief executive David Yiend

Chief executive David Yiend said: “The new building is entirely recyclable and being sustainable.

“The building incorporates a number of environmentally friendly features including solar shading, and a highly efficient ventilation system to reduce the building’s carbon footprint.

“It also boasts super-insulated walls, facilities for recycling rainwater and roof-mounted photo-voltaic cells to generate electrical power on site.”

Mr Yiend said that he was confident of being able to quickly recruit the staff needed by the firm.

He said: “We have been in Peterborough for 30 years and we do not have any problems finding people from Peterborough who have the skills we need.”

News of the job creation comes after figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of people in Peterborough claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell to 2,641 in March down 99 on the previous month and a fall of 2,010 on the same time a year ago.