A number of jobs are to go at Premier Foods in Plymouth - part of 900 job losses across the UK.
Thousands of people from across the Westcountry are heading to the Capital for a march against the Government's austerity policies.
Cornish food producers are welcoming a campaign encouraging shoppers and businesses to buy local.
Cornwall faces drastic cuts in frontline services, which could lead to the loss of libraries and leisure centres. That's the stark warning from senior council officials, who say the only way to avoid the cuts is to increase council tax and reduce the funding for those claiming benefits.
One councillor said it was scaremongering and there were other areas where money could be saved. Our Cornwall correspondent Steve Hardy reports.
Bob Crampton has the latest forecast for Thursday:
New routes from Newquay to London Southend and Liverpool's John Lennon Airport have been announced by easyJet.
The airline will operate six services per week to Liverpool and London Southend starting in June 2013 and tickets are now on sale.
The new routes are expected to attract around 20,000 passengers to and from Cornwall.
– Cllr Stephen Rushworth, Cornwall Council
Today’s announcement that easyJet will be operating fromNewquay Cornwall Airport is great news for local residents, Cornish businesses andholidaymakers. These new routes will make accessibility to and from Cornwall easierthan ever and open up new areas for travellers. This not only gives local businessesthe opportunity to attract new visitors and drive additional revenue during thesummer months but will also help people within the region to visit friends and familyout of the county more conveniently
Following the news that easyJet will begin operating new routes from Liverpool and London Southend to Newquay, Al Titterington, Managing Director of the airport commented:
– Al Titterington, Managing Director of the airport
This is fantastic news for the airport and Cornwall to attract an airline of easyJetstature. The North West and London areas are key business and tourism marketsand the addition of Liverpool and London Southend will compliment our routenetwork. We have been in discussions with easyJet for a number of months and we arelooking forward to working with them in developing services to and from Cornwall.Discussions are ongoing for new easyJet destinations to Europe and in particular tothe Mediterranean being introduced in 2014
Newquay airport has announced that it will begin flights to London and Liverpool next year. Easyjet will run the three times weekly service from June, flying to and from John Lennon Airport and London Southend.
Announcing plans to cut 900 jobs, including the closure of its distribution site in Plymouth, Premier Foods, the owner of Hovis said appropriate consultations with employees affected and their representatives will begin in the coming days.
The company has said the charges associated with the proposals are expected to be approximately £28 million but expects to recover that through site disposals, reduced working capital requirements and lower capital expenditure.
Commenting on the proposals, Michael Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Foods said:
– Michael Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of Premier Foods
Having generated solid growth momentum in our Grocery Division, it is critical that we act to assure the long-term future of the Bread Division. By simplifying our cost base, we can increase focus on improving efficiency, quality and service levels to help grow our core Hovis business. We recognise the impact these actions will have for our employees at the sites affected. Decisions will not be taken lightly but they are necessary if we are to build a strong and successful future for the Bread Division and those who remain with our business
The Owner of Hovis, Premier Foods has announced plans to close its distribution site in Plymouth. The closure is part of wider plans to cut 900 jobs to revive the struggling bread business and is expceted to take place sometime next year.
- The biggest impact will be felt in Birmingham, with 511 jobs lost
- Operations at Greenford in west London will end with 196 jobs lost
- Distribution sites at Plymouth and Mendlesham in Suffolk will also close with 95 jobs lost
Statement from Juliet Davenport, CEO of 'Good Energy'.
– Good Energy
“When we researched opinion in the local community, there was a very positive response from residents with 68% of those surveyed saying they would consider switching to a Good Energy Local Tariff once the benefits were explained to them.
This response is in line with the many inspiring community projects, such as Gigha in the Hebrides, which generates two thirds of its own electricity with three wind turbines which are owned by the community.”