The major chocolate maker will create hundreds of jobs at its new factory, the northern European region’s biggest expansion in six years. The firm, which makes and distributes a range of chocolate confectionery products, such as small nuts, sweets and small desserts, including various shapes of chocolate buns, will consolidate production in a new factory on the outskirts of the city. Its move will see a further 765 jobs created by the opening of the new factory, which is expected to open this autumn. The last major new jobs created in the area were 746 created by the opening of a similar factory in the early 2000s. There are currently 2,300 people employed by Swizzels Matlow.

The firm also recently bought the Morley maker of “Thank You, Mom” chocolates, as part of a multi-million-pound investment in chocolate making production. In the most recent year for which figures are available, Swizzels Matlow’s turnover totalled £321.6 million and its net profit stood at £9.5 million. Executive chairman Maurice Swaffield said: “This is a hugely exciting day for Swizzels Matlow. We are establishing new and existing manufacturing facilities. “We want to add hundreds of new jobs in the fabric of the local economy, as well as adding to existing jobs.

New Swizzels Matlow factory is to open in Middlewich, Cheshire in autumn 2019