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Jobs blow as Cumbrian fish factory announces closure

Almost 100 jobs will be lost when a fish factory in west Cumbria closes its doors.

The former Cumbrian Seafoods factory, at Moresby, near Whitehaven, looks "likely" to be shut down following a three-month consultation.

The decision has been called "devastating" by Elaine Woodburn, the leader of Copeland council.

Owner Youngs Seafood Ltd, which took over the site in December, has announced it will transfer its services to its 13 other UK sites because it is the "most sustainable option for the long-term".

Young's chief operating officer Pete Ward said: "Following formal consultations at the former Cumbrian Seafoods, now known as Ocean Pure, site Whitehaven, lasting over three months, we are announcing that volume from this site will be transferred into Young’s existing facilities.

"Factors considered, as part of the consultation process, included cost, financial sustainability, quality and technical standards and manufacturing capabilities of the sites.

"Unfortunately the phased transfer of volume is likely to result in the closure of the Whitehaven site with the loss of up to 99 jobs in the next month."

The former Cumbrian Seafoods site called in the administrators on December 5 last year because of rising raw material costs.

The business was sold to Lion Capital, the owners of Young’s, which secured the short-term future of the factory over the Christmas and New Year period. The consultation into possible job losses was announced on January 3.

Mrs Woodburn said it was disappointing and devastating news for everyone who works for the company, which must now "fulfil their moral obligation and do what they can to support the workers."

Young's factory in Seaham, Durham, is also due to close with the loss of 281 jobs.

Have your say

@Anon - I think you'll find that if Summergrove was "thriving" or was a business which could demonstrate it could make a profit, it would have been an investment opportunity for someone.

As it was, it wasn't, so closed.

Sorry for you, but glad I won't have to attend any more weddings or christmas parties up there.

Posted by Derek on 25 May 2012 at 08:02

@ Stephen
It was only as big a "nightmare" as you wanted to make it - and you had the option to leave any time you wished... Think of those for whom this is quite possibly the end.
@ Derek
Easy words, my friend, easy words...

Posted by Employee2 on 25 May 2012 at 07:23

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