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    • Lionel Hitchin Essential Oils Ltd, Virginia Works, Greenwich Way, Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom, SP10 4JX
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About Lionel Hitchen Ltd

Lionel Hitchen are a manufacturer and supplier of flavour ingredients to the food and beverage industry.

The company was founded in the mid 1960's by Lionel Hitchen in Reigate, Surrey. Sicilian orange, mandarin and bergamot oil were the first products to be manufactured. From the outset Lionel's ambition was to produce high quality products, sourced and supplied with integrity.

Lionel Hitchen's values are to remain a financially strong, family owned business with a UK manufacturing base; commitment to continuous improvement and world class manufacturing;
to ensure all employees are valued as individuals and proudly contribute to success through respect, integrity and enjoyment.

Lionel Hitchen have a company-wide continuous improvement programme called 'world class manufacturing' (WCM). To recognise efforts and achievements of teams and individuals there are a number of WCM awards. These awards are in place to act as a 'thank you' for the continued dedication from team members at Lionel Hitchen.

What is it like to work for Lionel Hitchen Ltd

Lionel Hitchen have trained all managers in mental health including workplace stress and how to spot the signs of an employee suffering from stress.
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Lionel Hitchen give new employees a goodie bag, containing the kinds of products from supermarket shelves that have their flavours in them.   
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Fair Deal
Lionel Hitchen have an Employee Assistance Programme in place for employees, on top of performance related pay, profit related pay and staff discounts. 

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    59% / 41%


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