Around 50 jobs are to be axed at one of Somerset's biggest companies, the shoemakers Clarks, which has its HQ in Street.

A spokesperson for the company said the industry was facing a "challenging commercial and economic environment" - with rising costs and customer expectations.

In the face of these challenges, the company is reorganising its business.

As part this continuous review, we are making some changes to improve the way we work across Clarks. Unfortunately, a small number of employees will be affected by these changes, but we are doing everything we can to minimise any impact.

Clarks spokesman

It's the second round of redundancies in just over a year for the firm - last February 170 jobs were cut, the majority from the Street-based HQ.

We have a strong duty of care to our employees and will be supporting them during this period.

Clarks spokesman