Solway Foods have announced that their future in Corby is at risk, putting 900 jobs in doubt.
MP for Corby, Andy Sawford, says he has arranged 'urgent' talks with Solway Chief Executive, Vipal Patel.
I have spoken with representatives of Solway Foods today. My thoughts are with the 900 strong workforce who will now all be very worried about the future of their jobs. This news comes as a shock. 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.
Marston's new £7.4million bottling plant in Burton-on-Trent, will create 17 new jobs.
The new facility will not only be used to bottle Marston's own beers, but also other brewers' brands.
Marston's Brewery in Burton-on-Trent will open its new £7.4 million bottling facility today creating more jobs in the region.
One in four premium bottled ales in the UK is brewed and bottled by the company.
Overall beer sales rose by 0.8% in the last quarter - 15.3 million extra pints on the same period in 2012.
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Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has heaped praise on the new deal that is set to create 5,800 new manufacturing jobs and £130million of private investment for the Black Country.
Mr Clegg said of the deal:
This marks the beginning of a new era of growth and prosperity in the Black Country. This isn’t pointless Whitehall jargon: this deal has the genuine power to change the fortunes of many people across the region by creating new jobs, boosting businesses and providing new housing...
Between government Minister for Cities Greg Clark, local authorities and the Local Enterprise Partnership, the City Deal has been made in recognition of the Black Country’s role in the UK economy; where high-value manufacturing represents the largest concentration of jobs of any LEP area.
A regional organiser for Unison has criticised nPower's decision to cut more than 900 jobs in the Midlands.
Andrew Johnson says he is 'angry' and 'devastated' about the cuts.
Energy giant nPower has confirmed that around a 1000 people in the Midlands are to lose their jobs.
The company plans to outsource much of its consumer service and back office functions. The redundancies - which include 550 at the Stoke-on-Trent office, and 400 at offices in Oldbury - will take place over the next eight months.
nPower's Roger Hattam believes the cuts are necessary to keep customer bills as low as possible.
The chief executive of npower said its restructuring proposals aim to deliver a more "efficient, flexible and improved customer experience".
Paul Massara said in statement:
I understand that these changes would be incredibly hard for some of our employees and we’ll be doing everything we can to support them over the next few months.
This restructure is necessary if we are to deliver the levels of service our customers deserve.
We would have the flexibility to keep call waiting times down during busy periods, and continue to keep costs down so we can keep bills down.
Energy giant npower, owned by German company RWE, said its customers would continue to be served on the phone by people based in UK call centres under its restructuring proposals.
However, back-office functions would be outsourced to India, npower said in a statement.
Energy company npower has confirmed it is planning 1,460 redundancies in the UK as part of restructuring plans.
Under the proposals, the main impacts regionally would be:
- npower's offices in Stoke on Trent would close, affecting 550 employees
- One of three offices in Oldbury would close and around 400 face redundancy
- Around 430 employees face redundancy at Rainton Bridge, Sunderland
- Approximately 80 employees at npower's site in Leeds face redundancy
- npower's site in Thornaby would close, but all roles would be relocated to Rainton
- Although there would be no redundancies at the Peterlee offices, several teams will be moved between the Rainton and Peterlee offices
The firm said around 540 existing staff will be transferred to retail outsourcer Capita "to allow customers to benefit from the expertise of npower's existing employees".