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Consultation begins over plans to close Newport bakery

A 45-day consultation has started for 150 workers at Newport's Avana Bakery.

The site in Rogerstone could close by the end of January.

A spokesperson said the bakery had become 'financially unsustainable, and Union officials told ITV News that finding a buyer is 'unlikely'.

This is not the first upheaval that workers at the bakery have faced - almost 400 jobs were lost at the site in 2014.


Aston Martin secures land for factory near Cardiff

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James Bond car maker Aston Martin has moved a step closer to opening a new factory in South Wales as the firm secured the land it will be built upon.

The luxury marque announced earlier this year it will build its new DBX model at a plant in St Athan in the Vale of Glamorgan from 2020 following a worldwide search for a new manufacturing facility.

The development, as part of a £200 million investment, will be Aston Martin's second factory and will create an estimated 750 jobs at the plant and 1,000 jobs in the wider supply chain and local businesses.

ITV REPORT 24 February 2016 at 9:54am James Bond car maker Aston Martin to open Welsh factory Aston Martin DBX The luxury new DBX model will be built in Wales Credit: PA Wire

We are delighted that Aston Martin has chosen to locate its new manufacturing facility here in Wales and that the land sale is now complete.Aston Martin's move here is fantastic news for the Vale of Glamorgan and surrounding areas, and will provide a real boost to the local economy, resulting in thousands of high quality jobs both within Aston Martin and the wider supply chain.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

Aston Martin choosing Wales sends a clear message to leading global companies around the world that Wales is open for business.We have created the ideal conditions for economic growth, which helped attract this unique and innovative car manufacturer to South Wales. Today's announcement reflects the excellent infrastructure, a world class talent pool and businesses that have the confidence to expand in Wales

– Alun Cairns MP, Secretary of State for Wales

This is hugely welcome news for Wales and the Vale of Glamorgan and comes after the Conservative Government’s positive intervention and successful pitch to the company to build its DBX Concept car in St Athan.

By laying strong economic foundations, Conservatives have created an environment where prestigious companies such as Aston Martin are attracted to invest in Wales – and this is set to continue.

– Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservatives


Tata proposals 'welcome development' says Secretary of State for Wales

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Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, has welcomed the Tata proposals which will secure the future of jobs and production at Port Talbot.

Commenting on the announcement, Alun Cairns said no stone had been left unturned in the Welsh Government's work to support the steel sector.

The progress made over the last few days between Tata and the trade unions over a proposal to put to workers is a welcome development. The UK Government continues to work with partners, the Unions and the Welsh Government to ensure we find a long-term viable solution for the industry.

We have left no stone unturned in our work to support the steel sector and we have been addressing the challenges facing the industry. We are committed to working with a range of parties to achieve a sustainable long term future for steel making at Port Talbot.

– Alun Cairns, Secretary for State for Wales
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