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'We will do all we can to assist' - Pledges of support for Banham Poultry from business and council leaders

PUBLISHED: 11:26 04 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:07 04 October 2018

Two men were found dead at Banham Poultry factory in Attleborough. Picture: Denise Bradley

Two men were found dead at Banham Poultry factory in Attleborough. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Business and council leaders have pledged their support to Norfolk's Banham Poultry as the struggling firm searches for a buyer.

Leader of Breckland Council William Nunn. Picture: Ian BurtLeader of Breckland Council William Nunn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Attleborough company’s plight came to light on Tuesday evening when Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman said the company could end up in administration unless a deal could be reached with a new owner.

Chief executive Martyn Bromley has since confirmed that the company has received two offers, but said only one would protect the jobs of the 1,000 employees at its East Anglian sites.

MORE: Banham Poultry boss confirms company is up for sale – but wants to avoid move out of Norfolk

As its battle for survival continues, Banham Poultry has received offers of support from business and council leaders.

William Nunn, leader of Breckland Council, said: “I’m shocked to hear that this major local employer may be facing difficulties and the council will do all we can to assist the organisation and its staff.

New Anglia LEP chief executive Chris Starkie. Picture: Angela SharpeNew Anglia LEP chief executive Chris Starkie. Picture: Angela Sharpe

“Having been made aware of the situation [on Tuesday] afternoon this council immediately contacted the company and began to bring together its partners to discuss the matter and the support that could be offered.

“This is a developing situation and something we will be working closely on over the coming days.”

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Chris Starkie, chief executive of New Anglia LEP, said: “Banham Poultry is a very significant employer in the county. It’s a long-established business with a good track record and some blue-chip customers.

“From our point of view, we are aiming to speak to the company [on Wednesday] and speak to the MPs. We have been speaking to local authority colleagues with a view to finding out precisely what is happening. Whether the business is sold or closed, we will be looking to secure the best possible outcome.”

Mr Freeman said he has also pressured lobbied business secretary Greg Clark and environment secretary Michael Gove for their help.

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