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Britvic and Unilever factory closures

The fall-out from the closure of Norwich’s Colman’s and Britvic factories could ultimately cost 1,000 jobs and £10m in lost wages, the union which has been fighting the plans has claimed.

The fall-out from the closure of Norwich’s Colman’s and Britvic factories could ultimately cost 1,000 jobs and £10m in lost wages, the union which has been fighting the plans has claimed.

“Norfolk is most definitely open for business.”

It is a link which stretches back more than 160 years, with many from Norfolk proud to see Norwich emblazoned on Colman’s Mustard.

Amid the disappointment of the Colman’s factory closure and job losses, there was positive news for farmers whose historic supply line of mustard and mint will be preserved by a new partnership.

The Colman’s Mustard factory in Norwich will close in 2019, with production moving to Burton-upon-Trent and Germany.

Following October’s announcements that Unilever and Britvic could leave Norwich, the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News launched and led a rallying cry to save them.

Colman’s decision to move mustard production out of Carrow will break a link with the site which stretches back 160 years.

A union has called for government intervention in the closure of the Britvic’s Norwich factory after the firm allegedly failed to “meaningfully consult” with staff over the plans.

Opinion: Colman’s staff deserve to find out future soon

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Workers at the Colman’s factory in Norwich have already endured 11 long weeks of uncertainty – but it seems their wait will go on.

Workers at a Norwich factory were told they would be losing their jobs within hours of sitting down for their company Christmas lunch.

Union members have hit out at a response from Britvic’s independent directors which they say shows “how little regard” they have for Norwich.

Colman’s Mustard could remain in Norwich as its owner considers future options within the city, a regional business leader has claimed.

Britvic has denied any link between the proposed closure of its Norwich factory and its chief executive’s appointment as non-executive director of Persimmon Homes.

A heart-felt letter has described how the soul of Norwich’s under-threat Britvic factory has been “ripped out”.

A Norwich business is flying the flag to support Colman’s Mustard - a company which helped save it from demolition in the 1930s.

As thousands back our campaign to save Norwich’s Britvic and Unilever factories, we travelled to the headquarters of both companies to make your views heard.

MP Chloe Smith has vowed the government is ready to back options to help keep Britvic and Unilever jobs in Norwich after a meeting with the secretary of state for business.

Britvic’s consultation over the future of its Norwich factory has been labelled a “sham” by union members.

The campaign to keep Unilever’s Colman’s Mustard factory open in Norwich will be raised in the European Parliament on Monday.

As uncertainty grows over the future of the Britvic and Colman’s Norwich factories, we ask local representatives what they are doing to help.

MP Chloe Smith said she was working hard behind the scenes to secure a positive outcome for employees at Colman’s and Britvic in Norwich.

Hundreds of readers from across Norfolk have signed and returned our campaign coupons to keep Britvic and Unilever’s Norwich factories open.

The campaign to keep Britvic and Unilever in Norwich has been backed by Norfolk County Council.

Norwich City fans are preparing to show their support for this newspaper’s campaign to save hundreds of jobs and keep a famous local name where it belongs.

Get shirty to keep Colman’s in Norwich!

A leaked internal document outlining Britvic’s plans to close its Norwich site has revealed voluntary redundancies are already being offered.

The Norwich City kit that was sponsored by Colman’s was a headline-grabber when it was launched, thanks to the involvement of designer Bruce Oldfield.

East Anglia has recently seen high-profile manufacturing casualties including Delphi and, potentially, Colman’s Mustard. So where does the region’s manufacturing industry stand now, and where is it going? BETHANY WHYMARK reports.

It has put the name of Norwich on millions of plates across the world and provided work and welfare for generations of men, women and children - and now it MUST be saved.

A well-known Norfolk chef who hopes to keep Colman’s in Norwich has said the mustard inspired his career in the kitchen - and his own range of sauces.

We did it - thanks to your help.

A petition to keep open the Britvic and Unilever factories in Norwich is on the brink of 10,000 names.

Labour’s Clive Lewis has demanded government intervention to stop Norwich losing more than 300 jobs.

Politicians in Norfolk have shed party colours and united to back the growing campaign to keep two “iconic” companies in Norwich.

This is an industry where often you never know what is around the corner.

Business secretary Greg Clark has confirmed the government is in “close contact” with both Unilever and Britvic following the shock announcement the firms could quit Norwich.

A Norfolk businessman believes his vision for a specialist food-and-drink production hub could throw a lifeline to workers at Norwich’s Colman’s and Britvic factories.

Farmers growing mustard and mint for the Colman’s factory in Norwich hope their historic supply line will continue as bosses consider the firm’s future location.

The manufacturing jobs at Britvic and Colman’s are too important to East Anglia to lose, writes Rhys McCarthy, national officer for Unite the union.

Nearly 8,000 people have made their voices heard loud and clear over the potential closure of two of Norwich’s oldest employers.

A collection of Colman’s artefacts have been put into storage as plans to reopen Norwich’s famous mustard shop are scrapped.

It has been two days since the news broke that two historic Norwich factories could shut their doors.

A call has been made for all 84 Norfolk county councillors to show their solidarity for Britvic and Unilever workers - by pledging the authority will use its powers and influence to keep the jobs and brands in the city.

Council bosses have not ruled out a rescue deal to help save hundreds of jobs at two historic Norwich factories if their occupiers decide to pull out of the city.

In the hours after it was announced that Colman’s could be leaving Norfolk, I texted a friend to commiserate.

Our community campaign to save two of Norwich’s oldest employers has roared into life, with the backing of nearly 5,000 people in just 24 hours.

A petition launched by this paper to save Britvic and Unilever’s Norwich factory has amassed more than 5.000 signatures in less than a day.

Yesterday was a shocking day for those who work at Britvic and Unilever in Norwich. It was also a potentially disastrous day for the city’s manufacturing industry.

Britvic bosses have defended their decision to close the company’s Norwich factory, saying that efficiencies are necessary to meet the changing needs of consumers.

“There is still a lot to play for” in the fight to keep one of Norfolk’s most famous brands in Norwich.

If Britvic and Unilever decide to shut their doors in Norwich, a huge patch of industrial land will be vacated.

A petition launched by this paper has reached over 2,500 supporters in under 24 hours.

A rallying cry today goes out to save two of the region’s biggest employers and most famous names.

The MP for the Norwich constituency where hundreds of factory jobs have been put at risk said the government “cannot wash their hands” of the situation.

A petition has been launched by this paper to save Britvic and Unilever’s Norwich factory.

Business leaders have pledged their support to staff at two Norwich factories following announcements that both may close.

The Carrow Works site which is home to squash maker Britvic and Unilever’s Colman’s Mustard factory has a long history of food and drink production in the city.

The maker of Colman’s Mustard has announced it could close its Norwich factory in the wake of Britvic’s proposed withdrawal from the site they share.

Britvic has announced plans to close its factory in Norwich, putting more than 200 jobs at risk.

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