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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Supermarkets criticised for buying former pubs

A former pub in Ipswich converted to a Tesco express
A former pub in Ipswich converted to a Tesco express Credit: ITV Anglia

Supermarkets are being criticised for buying pubs and turning them into convenience stores.

The Campaign for Real Ale says that on average two pubs a week were converted to supermarkets during the past year.

The supermarkets say they're only buying pubs that aren't viable
The supermarkets say they're only buying pubs that aren't viable Credit: ITV Anglia

CAMRA is calling on the government to change the planning laws.

The supermarkets say they're only buying buildings which aren't commercially viable as pubs and whose owners are prepared to sell them.

Talks being held over the future of Corby factory

Bosses at a food processing factory in Corby, where more than 900 jobs are under threat, are holding talks about the future of the site.

Solway Foods says closing the factory is a very real possibility as it is no longer viable.

The company has entered into a 45 day consultation with staff, but the Borough Council and MP Andy Sawford have set up a task force to try to save the site.

Click above to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson.

Task force to help keep Corby factory open

Solway Foods, Corby, Northamptonshire Credit: ITV News Anglia
Andy Sawford MP with Corby Borough Council Leader Tom Beattie Credit: ITV News Anglia

A Northamptonshire food processing factory, which is under threat of closure, has started talks about its future.

Solway Foods in Corby announced on Friday that it's begun a 45 day consultation period, putting more than 900 jobs at risk.

Company bosses met with the local MP Andy Sawford and the leader of Corby Borough Council, Tom Beattie, this morning.

A task force is now being set up by Andy Sawford MP and the Council to try to help the factory stay open.

Andy Sawford MP, said. "We aim to do anything we can to keep Solway here in the town and obviously we want to talk to them about their decision making process, about time scales for any changes."


Talks to safeguard 900 jobs

The factory in Northamptonshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A food processing factory in Northamptonshire is due to hold 'urgent talks' this morning after it emerged 900 jobs are at risk.

Solway Foods, which produces fresh salads and sandwiches, will discuss its future with Corby MP Andy Sawford.

Solway Foods Credit: ITV News Anglia

"My thoughts are with the 900 strong workforce who will now all be very worried about the future of their jobs. Solway operate in a very competitive market, they have recently lost some customers and they tell me the Corby site is ageing.

Solway have told me that they will consider all possibilities, including options for staying in Corby, and I have offered to help in anyway I can."

Andy Sawford MP

Thousands apply for Centre Parcs jobs

The parc taking shape. Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 11,000 people have applied for jobs at a new holiday village in Bedfordshire.

Centre Parcs is due to open its Woburn Forest site in the spring.

Bosses say most of the applicants live in the local area but they have had interest from as far afield as the Isle of Man and Inverness.

The new chalets being kitted out at Woburn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Half the 1,500 roles have now been filled, with two out of five new recruits aged between 16 and 24.

Judi Leavor, human resources director at Center Parcs, said: "It's fantastic to have received so many job applications for the new site already... This recruitment drive should have a tremendous impact on the local community in terms of economic growth, both in the short and long term."

Around 900 jobs under threat at Northamptonshire factory

It's emerged that 900 jobs are under threat at a food processing factory in Northamptonshire.

Solway Foods, which produces fresh salads and sandwiches, has confirmed that it may have to close its site in Corby.

The company has entered into a 45 day consultation period with staff.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Olivia Paterson

Super-fast broadband goes live

The first stage of an £11 million project to bring super-fast broadband to Northamptonshire will be completed this morning.

The Minister for Culture, Ed Vaizey, will be in Towcester as the new fibre-powered cabinets go live. They, along with other cabinets in Weedon and Paulerspury, will provide fast internet to 4,000 homes and businesses in the local area.

The new service is due to be rolled out across the county by next month.

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