Dunlop's decision to close its Birmingham factory and move jobs abroad, is "disappointing", the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has said in a statement this evening.
– Department for Business Innovation and Skills spokesperson
The Business Secretary met Dunlop to offer our help in finding a solution that would protect jobs and keep the company in Birmingham.
Whilst this is a commercial decision for Dunlop, it is very disappointing news, especially when local partners have worked hard to retain production in the area and have provided the company with a number of potential alternative sites to consider which would appear to meet its needs.
Government and local partners will continue to work with the company, to provide support to those workers affected, and to help them move into new employment as soon as possible.
241 jobs are at risk following today's announcement.
The firm's lease expires on the site near Jaguar Land Rover's Castle Bromwich plant in September, and Dunlop believes there is not enough time to relocate to a local site and maintain production before the deadline.