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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Factory workers await news

The future of a closure threatened food processing plant in Corby should become clearer this week.

Consultation on the plan to shut Solway foods with the loss of 900 jobs concludes today.

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

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Crisis meeting for Solway Foods workers

Efforts have been going on for weeks to save jobs at a food processing factory in Corby but, with hundreds of redundancies now certain, attention has turned to helping those who will soon be out of a job.

Workers at Solway Foods were today involved in a crisis meeting with the taskforce set up to try to help those affected by changes at the plant which could see it close.

Despite insisting a final decision has yet to be made, the company is already inviting voluntary redundancies. Up to 500 jobs could go as early as next month.

Olivia Paterson reports.

500 jobs could go next month at Corby's Solway Foods

Solway Foods, Corby, Northamptonshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

Bosses at Solway Foods in Corby have revealed that up to 500 jobs could go next month at its food production site in the town.

The salad and sandwich producer announced last month that the site may close, putting more than 900 jobs at risk.

The firm is currently in a 45 day consultation period and says the possible job losses are part of a contingency plan, but that not firm decisions have been made yet.

Last month a task force was set up by the Corby MP Andy Sawford and Corby Borough Council, to try to help save jobs.

Solway Foods is one of Corby's largest employers

In a statement the company said. "There has been positive dialogue with our colleagues, the Union and our customers. We particularly welcome the assistance of the task force group to facilitate the change process.

Our position remains unchanged from our initial announcement. The Corby site is unviable and it requires substantial additional funding, there is a risk the site could close."

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Cambridge Corn Exchange Credit: ITV Anglia

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The NFU says farming plays a key role in the region's economy Credit: ITV Anglia

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