Britvic and Unilever factory closures

“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.

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