December 10 2013 Latest news:
By Matt Hunter
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
A town’s economy will be “badly affected” after it was announced that hundreds of people could lose their jobs at a chicken factory.
Generations of families have worked at the Haughley Park site, near Stowmarket, which is set to close next month.
Town centre manager for Stowmarket Town Centre Partnership, Sharon Brown, said the news was a blow at a time when some businesses had reported an improvement in trade.
She said: “I think it’s really sad not just for some 700 families who could be affected but also as people will have less disposable income to spend in the run up to Christmas which does help businesses in the town.
“It’s very bad news for the area. I am sure they will all find new jobs but in the short term – in a key shopping period – it will undoubtedly have an effect as it will to Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.”
Bosch announced in August that up to 45 permanent workers as well as 120 agency staff could lose their jobs from their site in Stowmarket.
Stomarket’s deputy town mayor Gerard Brewster said he was hopeful new positions could be found for the Haughley Park workers.
He said: “It’s always sad when you lose jobs; it affects the economy of the town as well as the people who are affected.”
A 45-day consultation with 2 Sisters workers and company bosses was extended last month to allow further scrutiny of the firm’s finances.
District councillor for Haughley and Wetherden, Rachel Eburne, said: “It’s extremely disappointing and very bad news for all the people and their families. It will be a big blow for the local area and I know people come from further a field but there will be a big impact locally. I just hope we can provide support for the people.”
Mid Suffolk District Council along with 2 Sisters is providing support to workers. Today the council is offering advice in Haughley Park on housing, learning opportunities and how to start up a business.
Council leader Derrick Haley, said: “We have provided ongoing support to staff at 2 Sisters ever since a decision that the plant may be closed was announced back in August.
“The Suffolk Redundancy Network, of which Mid Suffolk District Council is an active partner, is working closely with the management and workers at the site.”
2 Sisters has said “all possible solutions” will be examined before a decision on the site’s future is made.