December 8 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Heinz has warned that 248 office jobs could be cut in the UK and Ireland in organisational changes.
The food giant has around 2,600 employees at sites in Westwick, near Worstead in Norfolk, as well as Hayes, Wigan, Kendal, Telford and Worcester.
It said it had developed a new “streamlined structure”, adding that it regretted the impact it would have on its employees. It said in a statement: “As part of our transition to a private company, the senior leadership team has examined every part of our global business to better position Heinz for accelerated growth in a very competitive global market.
“The proposal is subject to a consultation process, and Heinz is committed to ensuring all employees are treated with the utmost respect and compassion. In the event that after consultation a decision is made to proceed with the proposals, the company would offer enhanced severance benefits plus outplacement services to help make the transition as smooth as possible, and to help affected employees pursue new career opportunities.
“The difficult actions we are proposing will, if implemented, better position the company to support and fund our next chapter of growth while further strengthening our world-leading brands.”
Two hundred jobs are set to be created after one of west Norfolk’s largest businesses was granted permission to expand its King’s Lynn facilities.