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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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64 jobs at risk as factory bosses warn of possible closure

Company bosses have begun consultation talks that may result in the closure of a Cumbrian factory.

Brookside, Maryport photo
Brookside

Brookside Products Limited, owners of the fish smoker and processor on the Glasson estate, Maryport, says the plant is losing money and is not sustainable.

The factory, which has 64 staff, smokes, prepares and packages salmon for the retail market.

Director Doug Aitchison said: “We held a meeting with the workforce representatives at which we explained that we will be starting a 30-day consultation process which may ultimately lead to the closure of the plant.

“We are very sorry that we are having to consider this but the plant has lost approximately £4 million over the last three years and this is not sustainable.

"Our latest review of the current trading position painted a gloomy picture and therefore we must consider all of the options available to us.”

The factory's struggles are despite a £400,000, three-year investment programme.

"We will be considering every possible option and speaking to the owners of the site,” added Mr Aitchison.

Brookside, which has made local politicians, council officials and Job Centre Plus aware of the situation, says it will do everything possible to help the workforce and look at alternatives for the plant.

Mr Aitchison added: “We appreciate this is not good news for the workforce and our priority will be to ensure all our staff are treated fairly and kept fully informed throughout the process.”

Brookside was started as a family business in 1987 and moved to its current site in 1995.

Have your say

Wrong.It is because there are more jobs here with benefits attached . Working tax credit. Child benefit and better rates of pay here than in Poland. Where do you live, obviously on the moon.

Posted by J Jamieson on 20 August 2014 at 18:14

More low paid workers on the dole then, they wont be much worse off!will the foreign workers go home or claim benefits, 6 per house!

Posted by Andrew on 17 August 2014 at 17:51

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