Food company confirms 900 job losses

Solway Foods has confirmed that it is to close its food processing plant in Corby, Northamptonshire with the loss of 930 jobs.

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Artist impression of plans. Credit: Norfolk County Council

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Hopes high for Solway staff

The fight to find new jobs for hundreds of workers laid off from a Corby food factory has begun in earnest.

Five hundred people have already been laid off at Solway Foods, another 400 will lose their jobs in the summer.

Hopes are high that most of the workers will find new posititions quickly

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Russell Hookey

Hope for Solway staff

The Federation of Small Businesses says it's confident that most of the 900 workers set to lose their jobs at Solway Foods will find work elsewhere.

A 45 day consultation into the future of Solway Foods in Corby ended yesterday with the company announcing the factory is to close.

Today The Federation of Small Businesses told ITV News Anglia that economic growth in Northamptonshire is among the best in the UK and that many small companies have expressed an interest in taking on more staff.


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Corby MP: Job losses make it a "really bad day"

The Corby MP Andy Sawford says the announcement of the closure of the Solway Food factory with the loss of 900 jobs makes it a "really bad day for the whole town."

Mr Sawford said they're now looking at ways of helping the workers who will lose their jobs.

A jobs fair is being held on Thursday with 30 companies offering new employment opportunities.

Click below to watch the interview with Andy Sawford MP

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Solway Foods confirms closure of Corby factory with the loss of 900 jobs

Solway Foods in Corby is to close with the lost of 900 jobs Credit: ITV Anglia

A food processing plant in Corby is to close in the summer with the loss of 900 jobs.

Although 500 job losses had already been threatened at Solway Foods, discussions had been continuing to try to save the factory.

Solway Foods is the town's second largest employer, but the company says the factory, which opened in 1988, is no longer viable.

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