‘Significant contribution’ from government will be sought to replace jobs lost at Colman’s and Britvic | Politics

PUBLISHED: 17:48 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 17:48 24 January 2018

View of the Unilever and Britvic site. Picture: Archant library

View of the Unilever and Britvic web site. Picture: Archant library


The chief of Norwich City Council has stated he will search a “significant contribution” of government money to appeal to new jobs to the location due to be vacated by Unilever and Britvic.

Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council. Pic: Jeff Taylor.Alan Waters, chief of Norwich City Council. Pic: Jeff Taylor.

Alan Waters stated he wouldn’t need to see the location turned solely into housing, saying it’s essential that well-paid, expert jobs replace these set to be lost.

A gathering was held on Tuesday with representatives of Unilever, producers of Colman’s Mustard, who introduced this month that they’d transfer manufacturing away from the location it has occupied for greater than 160 years.

Britvic, which makes Robinson’s drinks and Fruit Shoots, introduced in October it might be leaving Carrow Works, which it co-owns with Unilever.

Consultation with Unilever employees is ongoing, and leaders from City Hall, County Hall and the New Anglia LEP nonetheless hope for a change of thoughts. But they’re wanting at what occurs after 2019, when manufacturing is due to finish.

Business Secretary Greg Clark. Pic: Aaron Chown/PA Wire.Business Secretary Greg Clark. Pic: Aaron Chown/PA Wire.

They are to write to enterprise secretary Greg Clark to ask for an pressing assembly over what the government would possibly be in a position to do to regenerate the location.

Mr Waters stated: “The announcement of the closure of the Carrow Works web site and the following lack of greater than 360 properly paid manufacturing jobs is a blow to the town’s economic system and the loyal and expert workforce of Britvic and Unilever and their households.

“Since the closure announcement, the town council has continued to lead and co-ordinate the response from Norfolk County Council and the LEP to assist mitigate the affect of the closure and help the workforce find new employment alternatives and any related retraining or relocation assist.

“Further forward, we will be wanting to work collaboratively with the location homeowners to study the regeneration potential of the location to appeal to new jobs and houses to assist the long run development of the Norwich economic system.

Colman's is to leave the Carrow Works site. Pic: Nick Ansell/PA Wire.Colman’s is to depart the Carrow Works web site. Pic: Nick Ansell/PA Wire.

“We will also be contacting the business secretary to request an urgent meeting to discuss and seek a significant contribution to the future regeneration of the site by the time production ceases.”

Mr Waters added: “It’s got to be a substantial employment site, maybe with some housing. We would be seeking government help to replace the jobs and buck up the economy of Norwich.”

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