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
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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The MP for Corby, Andy Sawford and the leader of Corby Borough Council have met with bosses of Solway Foods, where 900 jobs are at risk.
The MP and Corby Borough Council are working together to set up a task force to try to save the jobs at the company's Corby site.
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."