Aldi is boosting its support for British suppliers by announcing it aims to spend £3.5bn more on UK-produced food and drink annually within the next five years.
In a move that will benefit more than 1,000 small businesses in its supply chain, the discount supermarket is also extending by a year to the end of 2021 an agreement to pay smaller suppliers without delay.
The company has already announced it is investing £500m in new and upgraded stores, distribution centres and its supply chain in 2021, which will create more than 4,000 jobs. Aldi is Britain’s fifth largest supermarket with more than 900 stores and 36,000 employees.
Giles Hurley, the chief executiveof Aldi UK, said: “We are expecting significant sales growth in 2021 as we open new stores and bring Aldi to more locations across the UK. With the vast majority of our grocery products now coming from British suppliers,
2020 has certainly been a year to remember. ‘The year of the pandemic’ is likely to be its epitaph. Equally, its’ epithet, could be ‘The year of homeworking.’
Late March 2020 heralded a new dawn in the way that millions of people around the country were destined to work for the rest of the year and possibly for the foreseeable future. In April 2020, 46.6% of people who were in employment, did at least some of their work from home. Of those who did work at home, 86% did so because coronavirus had caused their places of work to close their doors.
Whilst some people have since drifted back into their offices and other places of work, it remains the case that home is now the new workplace for many millions of people.
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