Norwich North MP demands action over Britvic/Unilever site | Politics

PUBLISHED: 18:19 08 January 2018 | UPDATED: 18:19 08 January 2018

Norwich MP Chloe Smith is demaning options for the Carrow Works site are disccussed as soon as possible

Norwich MP Chloe Smith is demaning choices for the Carrow Works site are disccussed as quickly as attainable

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A Norwich MP is demanding Britvic and Unilever transfer rapidly to promote their Carrow Works site to safe “exciting new prospects”.

Colman's Mustard made by Unilever.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYColman’s Mustard made by Unilever. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Chloe Smith, who mentioned she was “deeply disappointed” with the companies’ determination to maneuver lots of of roles away from Norwich, desires the site to be offered so new jobs may be created as quickly as they depart.

In a letter, seen by this paper and despatched to senior executives at each companies, she demands “I now urge you to work with the government and the Local Enterprise Partnership to identify a buyer for Carrow Works as soon as possible, in order that some of your collective workforce may have the opportunity to once again find employment on the site”.

Last week Unilever introduced it was to shut its site within the metropolis with solely 25 roles being saved at a brand new Colman’s Mustard milling plant. There is predicted to be round 45 redundancies and greater than 40 roles will switch to Burton on Trent.

And final month Britvic – which shared the site – additionally introduced it was transferring with greater than 240 jobs set to be misplaced.

Chloe Smith outside the Britvic and Unilever factory site. Photo: Chloe SmithChloe Smith exterior the Britvic and Unilever manufacturing facility site. Photo: Chloe Smith

But the agency refused to touch upon what occurs now to Carrow Works. A spokesman for Unilever mentioned: “It’s too early to talk about the future of the site. Our focus at the moment is consulting with our employees on the proposals we have announced.”

A spokesman for Britvic added: “While we understand the call to act quickly, we are not able to discuss the future of the site as Unilever is currently undergoing a consultation with employees.”

But Ms Smith, MP for Norwich North, mentioned: “It will not be too early to speak concerning the site, there are 350 individuals involved about their future jobs. It can be an exquisite win if it have been attainable for some sort of business to proceed on that site – why shouldn’t we be swift and ambitions and attempt to get some choices earlier than the prevailing companies absolutely shut down?

“I’m in contact with the LEP to debate the fast subsequent steps and in contact with ministers on the division for worldwide commerce to comply with earlier undertakings I had from them to look in to choices for potential traders who is likely to be from abroad.

“I’m eager to maneuver as rapidly as attainable to safe for the town some thrilling new prospects.“

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