Today's news that 60 jobs are under threat at the Dairy Crest plant at Chard in Somerset is being blamed on the supermarkets "price squeeze" according to the Unite union.
In a statement, Unite says that Dairy Crest was caught between the unrelenting pressure of the supermarkets to drive down prices for customers and the legitimate desire of farmers to get a decent price for their milk.
“Companies, such as Dairy Crest, are being squeezed by highly competitive supermarkets and dairy farmers seeking a decent return for the milk they produce.”
Sixty jobs are under threat at the Dairy Crest cream potting facility at Chard in Somerset as the company starts a consultation process into plans to close the plant.
The company says it has been looking at various options to improve the economic viability of the Chard operation without success and now plans to close it in 2015 together with the Hanworth bottling dairy plant in London..
“The decisions to consult on the closure of our Hanworth and Chard sites have not been taken lightly, but they are right for the long term future of the business as a whole. We will do all we can to help employees who may be affected by these proposals.
All-day free parking on Bristol's historic Durdham Down could be abolished.
It's the latest controversial attempt to cut down on commuters using the city's streets. Mayor George Ferguson has divided opinion with a rapid roll-out of residents' parking zones and now risks further anger by removing the 500 spaces. He insists it's for long-term good of the city.
A businessman is refusing to pay his council tax until potholes outside his guesthouse are repaired. Andrew Hinaman says that the holes - on the road near Elmstone Hardwicke in Gloucestershire - are a danger to motorists.
The first day of the Dorset County Show has attracted large crowds.
Sixty thousand people are expected at the showground near Dorchester over the weekend. Judges say there's been a high standard of entry in the horticulture and livestock classes.
There are also food tents, trade stands and many other displays.
The show's secretary, Sam Mackenzie-Green, says it's the diversity that helps attract so many people:
"We're a combination things. It's the main ring attractions, we've got Bolddog Lings which people are really excited about seeing. The National Vegetabel Society's national championships again which appeals to a whole other group of people. And we have so much food and drink, local food and drink, I think there is something for everyone".
Preparations are underway for the start of the Dorset County Show.
The event, which traditionally celebrates the end of harvest, is one of the last shows on the south west agricultural calendar.
The ground near Dorchester will open to the public tomorrow and Sunday.
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Commuters in the South West are being encouraged to ditch their cars today and cycle to work instead.
Employers taking part in Cycle to Work Day are giving their staff free breakfast as a reward.
Many bike shops in Bristol are offering free bike servicing
A huge new solar farm has been officially opened at South Marston in Swindon. It's taken the owners, the sustainable energy company Eneco almost a year to install the 40,000 solar panels. They'll provide nearly two thirds of the energy needed to power Honda's car factory.
Timelapse video provided by Eneco
It's been a record year for Bristol firm Hargreaves Lansdown.
The investment company, which began life in a bedroom in Clifton in 1981, now looks after £46.9 billion of other people's money - a 14% rise on last year.
It also took on a record-breaking 144,000 new customers.
The firm's Chief Executive says the expansion comes despite having to cope with major regulatory changes.
During the year we have continued to expand and improve the services we provide to our clients whilst also dealing with major regulatory change.
Hargreaves Lansdown has not only retained but furthered its market leading position.
Our clients have entrusted a further £6.4 billion to us such that we now administer £46.9 billion of assets. We have also welcomed 144,000 new clients during the year, with clients now totalling 652,000.
This has led to an 8% increase in net revenues and 7% growth in profits. We thank our diligent staff for their efforts and our clients for their continued loyalty.
Hargreaves Lansdown will again pay its corporate taxes in full in the UK, and we shall continue to seek to be a role model for how financial services companies deliver a great service, reputable behaviour and profitability in harmony with the UK public.