Sir Timothy Colman calls Norwich Colman’s Mustard factory closure ‘very sad certainly’ | Latest Norfolk and Suffolk Business News

PUBLISHED: 20:11 04 January 2018 | UPDATED: 20:12 04 January 2018

Sir Timothy Colman, pictured in 2012. Photo: Archant.

Sir Timothy Colman, pictured in 2012. Photo: Archant.

The head of Norfolk’s well-known Colman household has described the closure of firm’s Norwich factory as “very sad”, and mentioned that focus should now fall on supporting employees.

Speaking for the primary time in regards to the departure from the Carrow Works, Sir Timothy Colman despatched his sympathies to workers now going through an unsure future following Unilever’s resolution to maneuver a lot of its manufacturing out of the county.

“This news is very sad indeed,” he mentioned. “I’m deeply sympathetic to those that can be affected.

“Unilever have made this decision for their own advantage and they will be judged on the generosity of their support for the employees affected.”

Sir Timothy Colman is the great-great-grandson of James Colman, nephew of founder Jeremiah Colman who established the enterprise close to Stoke Holy Cross in 1814. It was dropped at Carrow Works in 1858 by Jeremiah James Colman, Sir Timothy’s great-grandfather.

Sir Timothy added: “I do recognise that companies need to hold updated with the buying and selling circumstances of the markets by which they function.

“The immediate reaction of everybody is that if this has to happen, we are deeply concerned that Unilever is fair and generous in how it treats its employees.”

When Unilever first introduced its evaluate of the Norwich factory in October, Sir Timothy’s son James instructed Unilever had put

earnings above custom with “the hard-nosed pragmatism of big business”.

“I believe our fine independently-minded city deserves better treatment than this,” he mentioned on the time.

“In the overall scheme of Unilever’s masterplan this is small scale but the impact felt will be significant. It will score into the identity and culture of our past present and future.”

Sir Timothy is a former Lord Lieutenant for Norfolk and was the chairman of Eastern Counties Newspapers Group between 1969 and 1996.

He labored within the household enterprise himself, changing into supervisor of the Carrow factory underneath Reckitt and Colman, and later becoming a member of the board as a non-executive director.

The Colman household’s involvement within the senior administration of the enterprise resulted in 1995, the 12 months it was offered to Unilever, when Sir Michael Colman’s tenure as chairman got here to an finish.

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