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Britvic and Unilever factory closures

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

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.

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