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Food factory job losses is an 'on-going fear for families'

Food factory job losses is an 'on-going fear for families'

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 5:19pm 12th February 2020.

The loss of more jobs at a food factory in Cornwall must be 'an on-going fear for families'.

That from a business boss in the Duchy as he pledges support for those people affected.

49 additional redundancies are being made at Tulip in Bodmin, after 25 other people were handed redundancy notices just before Christmas.

The company, which produces processed meats like bacon, say it is part of a recovery plan to secure the site's future.

In a statement it said that it is 'always disappointing to have to lose people from our business' but they are 'satisfied that the improvements which have already been implemented'.

Kim Conchie heads up Cornwall Chamber of Commerce. He says it is a 'worrying time for our food industry' but those affected should contact them for help.

"To constantly be feeling 'is my employer secure here' is a big on-going worry, I feel most for those 49 people and their families, I hope those are the last ones to go and that everybody else is secure.

"We've seen various elements of the food industry in Cornwall affected over the last few months, with Warrens and Jamie Oliver's Fifteen.

" I can't put one factor on it myself to make all of those the same reason for the problems - but it is a worry that market forces are definitely not all rosy at the moment."

Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce

Tulip Ltd Bodmin

"Tulip Ltd can today confirm that a recovery plan for its manufacturing site in Bodmin has now been agreed, securing the future of the site.

"The agreement follows extensive discussions with site management, employee representatives and customers, and will involve several operational adjustments. 

"Changes to shift patterns and working arrangements will unfortunately result in an additional 49 redundancies. Individual discussions will be taking place with those impacted.

"It is always disappointing to have to lose people from our business, but we are satisfied that the improvements which have already been implemented at the site as a result of significant efforts of all parties, together with the additional changes which will now be actioned, will ensure a sustainable future for the site. 

"Our ambition is to now deliver on the commitments which have been set out in our agreed recovery plan, continue with the process of continuous improvement for our day to day operations, and actively explore new growth opportunities".

Tulip Ltd

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