Jobs blow as biscuit factory to close

More than 300 jobs will be lost on the Wirral as a biscuit manufacturer announces plans to close its site in Moreton.

Burton Foods says it is responding to a "challenging environment" and has to "reduce costs and increase productivity".

It means 342 people will lose their jobs as the company closes the Moreton factory.  Staff are now going to speak to managers as they enter a period of consultation.

The company plans to invest money in their bases in Edinburgh and Llantarnam.

Ben Clarke, CEO of Burton's Foods, said:

"Today's announcements recognise the need to transform our supply chain.

"The proposed job losses are deeply regrettable but, along with the new £25m investment we are making in our UK manufacturing capability, will help deliver sustainable profitable growth for the company in a highly competitive and challenging market."

Wirral Council Leader, Cllr Jeff Green says:

"I am incredibly disappointed by this proposal and will be seeking an urgent meeting with Burton's to examine and discuss the reason behind their decision. I also wish to investigate whatever opportunities there are to continue to work with the company to secure jobs in Wirral and the future of the site."

"The Council has invested large amounts of time and money over recent years to support and modernise this factory and we stand ready to do so again."

"I do not believe that Burtons will find a more committed, skilled and flexible workforce than has been demonstrated here at Moreton. My personal priority is the men and women who will be affected by this decision and we will do everything possible to help them to secure their future."