EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Walstead Southernprint

Walstead Southernprint

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Bournemouth and Poole; Dorset and Somerset; South West
Location of affected unit(s): Poole


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of wood and paper products, and printing
18.12 - Other printing
Number Employed: 179
Group: Walstead Group

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 07-11-2019
Planned Job Reductions min: 179
Planned Job Reductions max: 179
Type of Restructuring: Closure
Employment Effect Start: 01-12-2020

Additional Information

Walstead, a UK based offset printing group, has announced the closure of Walstead Southernprint, which will lead to 179 job losses in Poole, England, in 2020. After the closure, some of the activities of the smallest unit of the company are expected to be relocated to the bigger branches in Roche, Bicester and Peterborough. The company has not announced any redundancy plan yet, as the consultations are still ongoing. The management explained that the decision was motivated by a major decrease in print media demand.

The Unite union, which represents some of the affected workers, has said that they would negotiate with the management to explore how the plant could be saved.

The Walstead Group employs 3,500 people in the UK and five other EU member states and specialises in printing magazines, catalogues and brochures as well as flyers and leaflets.