Britvic and Unilever factory closures

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.

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