Sainsbury’s in the community


We want to deliver local jobs for local people. It is anticipated that a new Sainsbury’s store at Bunford Park could create up to 250 local jobs. Sainsbury’s offers all new colleagues a comprehensive training programme to provide the right skills for their job. Sainsbury’s also runs the ‘You Can’ leadership development programme for colleagues who aspire to develop their careers with the supermarket.

Sainsbury’s has a strong record of recruiting colleagues from the local communities near their stores, including recruitment targeted specifically at people who have been unemployed for long periods.

It is too early to apply for a job at Sainsbury’s, but we usually advertise vacancies around three months before our stores open.

Local charity

Sainsbury’s carries out considerable charitable work each year. This includes each store choosing a local charity of the year to donate to, through which Sainsbury’s donated a total of £52 million to charities and causes last year.

We’re also involved in the highly successful ‘Active Kids’ programme which encourages young local children to get more exercise by investing in sports equipment for local schools and sports clubs. As a result, Somerset has benefitted from over £2.2 million worth of equipment and experiences to nurseries, schools, groups and clubs since 2005.

Good neighbour

We also set out to get involved and be a good neighbour. Sainsbury’s seeks to build relationships with local communities and supports local neighbourhood initiatives and activities. We take our responsibilities towards selling age restricted products very seriously by operating a Think 25 policy. 

Many of our stores also have Food Donation Partnerships that find a productive way of allowing our surplus stock to benefit local causes. Sainsbury’s proposals for Bunford Park would enable us to carry out similar continue this charitable work to benefit your local community in this new setting


Investors in People

Sainsbury’s has been awarded a Gold accreditation by Investors in People for the third year running and is the largest employer to have ever reached the Gold accreditation.

You can be a leader

Chloe Davies
Bakery Manager, Sherborne

Chloe Davies: Bakery Manager, Sherborne

Chloe Davies is 24-years-old and started working at Sainsbury’s Sherborne store in 2008.

She is now responsible for managing the store’s bakery department.

"I started off on the shop floor and then moved into HR. I’ve used every opportunity to train and develop and was part of Sainsbury’s You Can programme.

"The business has really supported me and I now lead a team of 11 people serving the local community. It’s a very rewarding job.”