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Fresh Brexit concerns as a Cornish factory faces closure

Fresh Brexit concerns as a Cornish factory faces closure

Published by Emma Carton at 7:49am 24th January 2019. (Updated at 3:23pm 24th January 2019)

Business leaders are calling for reassurance over Brexit, as a Cornish factory faces closure.

More than 600 workers stand to lose their jobs if Kensey Foods in Launceston shuts.

Pirate FM told you a consultation is underway at the company that produces chilled desserts.

Its owners, Samworth Brothers, are hoping some of the staff could relocate to another site nearby.

But experts fear the impact could be much wider than job losses and say the timing could not be worse.

The South West Business Council says there is a growing lack of confidence as the debate over leaving Europe continues.

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There are calls for reassurances over Brexit as a massive factory in north Cornwall announces its potential closure

"We should remember that companies like this have a lot of indirect labour that depends upon the company and the supply chain that surrounds it, so the actual impact will be much larger than on 600 jobs.

"This is a huge blow to an area right at the edge of the Cornwall regeneration programme.

"We're going to need a regional approach to make sure that we not only deal with the job losses, but also fill the gap in the local economy.

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Business leaders warn the impact of Launceston's Kensey Foods shutting would be far wider that the loss of over 600 jobs

"The central point that is of a concern is there is a growing lack of confidence with the whole Brexit debate.

"What's happening in Whitehall at the moment has really carved a deep shadow across economic opportunities around the need for confidence to be really high before people to invest and news like this doesn't help.

"It really underscores the whole issue about getting some resolution around the Brexit debate.

"Until that's resolved then the investment appetitie just won't be restored again and that makes recovering from something as big as this much more difficult to achieve".

Tim Jones, South West Business Council

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