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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."

900 jobs put at risk in Corby

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.

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Bottling plant to create 17 new jobs in Burton

Marston's new £7.4million bottling plant in Burton-on-Trent, will create 17 new jobs.

Marston's say the investment is a sign of the growing importance of bottled beer to the company's fortunes Credit: ITV News Central

The new facility will not only be used to bottle Marston's own beers, but also other brewers' brands.

The new bottling plant opened for business today Credit: ITV News Central

More jobs created as brewery opens new bottling facility

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.

The new bottling facility cost £7.4 million

Overall beer sales rose by 0.8% in the last quarter - 15.3 million extra pints on the same period in 2012.

Beer sales were up last quarter

Deputy Prime Minister praises City Deal

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.

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nPower job cuts necessary to 'keep customer bills low'

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.

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npower 'aims to deliver improved customer experience'

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.

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