EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Young's Bluecrest Seafood

Company/Organisation:
Young's Bluecrest Seafood

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Kingston upon Hull, City of; East Riding and North Lincolnshire; Yorkshire and the Humber
Location of affected unit(s): Hull

Company

Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10 - Manufacture of food products
Number Employed: 203

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 24-01-2007
Planned Job Reductions min: 203
Planned Job Reductions max: 203
Type of Restructuring: Relocation
Direct Dismissals: 78

Additional Information

Seafood company Young's has announced the closure of its factory in Hull, with the loss of 203 jobs. Young's said it was closing its chilled food plant in Gillett Street after a review of its manufacturing facilities. Production is being moved to the firm's headquarters in Grimsby. Young's said Hull staff would be offered the chance to take 125 jobs being created there. Young's chief executive Wynne Griffiths said: 'Unfortunately, neither the production facilities or staff amenities at Gillett Street are up to the standard of the rest of our operations and the cost of correcting these issues is prohibitive.' Mark Pearson, who has worked at the factory for three years, said: 'I'm absolutely devastated, like everybody else here.' 'You have couples here, partners, people who have been here 20 years, so it's like a whole family out of work.' Education secretary Alan Johnson, who is MP for Hull West and Hessle, said he was seeking a meeting with Young's to discuss the closure. He said: 'This is another blow for jobs and manufacturing in Hull.' 'Our first priority must be to help the workforce and I have already spoken to the GMB union about extending the help available to the Gillett Street site if we fail to persuade the company to change its mind.'