The Airbus A350 has made its first passenger flight into the UK - and it's a triumph for North West engineering expertise. That's because the wings are made at the Airbus factory at Broughton near Chester. Last summer, our cameras followed the wings as they were transported through the French countryside to be assembled at the company's other plant in Toulouse. 800 orders have been made for the plane around the world, hopefully securing thousands of jobs in the region. Mike Pearse was on the first flight.
The Airbus A350, which is made in part in the North West, is making its first UK passenger flight. Around a thousand workers from the Airbus factory in Broughton, near Chester, helped to build the wings of the aircraft.
Assembly of the plane's 32-metre-long carbon fibre wings took place at a purpose built factory on the Broughton site.
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Plans are being considered for a a new film and TV studio at Liverpool's famous Littlewoods Building. If it gets the go ahead the Littlewoods Studios would consist of a huge media hub and a new home for the Liverpool Theatre School which is currently based in Aigburth . It could mean the creation of more than a thousand jobs. The site has been empty since 2003.
“With this development we can support the film sector, attract inward investment, give a boost to the local economy, create jobs, improve skills and generally enhance the image of the city
Usdaw, the union of shop, distributive and allied workers says its members are angry at plans to close call centres in Bolton and Aintree.
Our members are shocked and outraged by this decision.
The staff have suffered years of unrest and uncertainty, despite giving great support and professionalism.
“They’ve seen their employer change from Littlewoods, to Shop Direct, to Serco and now Webhelp UK, only to be put under the threat of redundancy. These loyal employees have been badly let down and deserve much better than to see their jobs exported.
“Next week we will enter into consultation with the company on their proposal and we will be challenging the employer to find a way to keep the jobs in the UK at Aintree and Bolton.
We are also calling on local politicians to do what they can to help. In the meantime we will be supporting our members throughout this difficult period as we fight for their jobs.”
Around 650 call centre jobs could be axed in the North West.
Webhelp which runs call centres for Shop Direct has announced plans to close its centre in Bolton by Spring 2016.
Webhelp Aintree operation could be closed by Spring 2017.
David Turner, chief executive officer of Webhelp UK, said:
Due to the reduction in call volumes anticipated over the next decade, together with the digital skills and infrastructure required to meet the changing customer needs that have been identified, it is proposed that the current Webhelp UK workforce operating on the Shop Direct account will reduce from 1,162 to 470.