92 jobs under consultation at Lincolnshire confectionery business
AROUND 92 jobs at a Lincolnshire based confectionery business are at risk after the company has announced proposals to transfer manufacturing to other sites.
Glisten, one of the UK’s leading independent confectionery manufacturers, is starting a consultation with staff at its Skegness plant on proposals to transfer manufacturing to its other sites in Leicester and the Czech Republic.
This affects all 92 employees at the Skegness plant who will now be entering a 45-day consultation.
Glisten Managing Director, Mark Adcock said: “We are currently working at very close to capacity at our Skegness site and we need to invest further to meet the demands of the major retail customers who are fundamental to our business and continued growth.
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“We have looked carefully at all the options, taking into account the cost and feasibility of developing the Skegness site for future growth and the fact that there is spare capacity available at our other production facilities, but we have assured our employees that we are still discussing and considering all available options during the consultation period.
“Should this proposal go ahead, it is expected that all roles at Skegness will be secure until the end of the year. Beyond that date, we are committed to ensuring that roles will be available to all 92 employees at our other sites within the UK.
“We recognise, of course, that this will not be a feasible or desirable option for some people, but we will ensure that every member of staff is supported through this process and given as much information as possible about the opportunities available.”
If the proposal does go ahead following the consultation, the transfer would be carried out by the end of this year.
Councillor Craig Leyland, portfolio holder economic development at East Lindsey District Council said: “We are extremely sad to hear of this business proposing to move its operations away from Skegness and the possible loss of employment that this could entail.
“Both Glisten, and before that Fravigar, have been synonymous with sweet production in Skegness for 85 years, providing employment for hundreds of people during this time.
“In the current economic climate it is getting more and more difficult for businesses to survive which is why we are supporting schemes such as the Rural Development Fund, to offer a helping hand to new and existing businesses in the hope that they can continue to grow and thrive, offering more job opportunities to local people.”
Glisten, which is part of the Raisio Group, has been established for over 100 years.
It produces an extensive range of private label and branded boiled sweets, gums, jellies, toffees, chocolates and popcorn for UK retailers.