May 23 2013 Latest news:
By DONNA-LOUISE BISHOP, Reporter
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The announcement to close Cromer’s iconic crab company has been a bitter blow to the town and now plans are being put in place which could see the factory up for sale as early as August.
Tom Fitzpatrick, portfolio member for business enterprise and economic development at North Norfolk District Council, met with representatives from Young’s yesterday (Monday).
He said the council would working with the company regarding its plans for the disposal of the factory.
“The factory is going to be closed and the process will started in June and the work will be run down,” he said.
“The factory would then go on sale in August.
“We would like manufacturing capability returned there and would like to see it bought for use as a factory, preferably a food factory. The district council will work to give all the support it can to the staff and give assistance and encouragement to anyone who would be interested in the site.”
After eight months of uncertainty Young’s Seafood, who own the well-established factory, announced last week that the site would be closed by the summer with the loss of 109 jobs.
Remaining staff are being offered the chance of staying with the company as more than 350 jobs are being created at Grimsby and Young’s have said any workers wishing to move will be given priority when applying and offered financial support.
Pete Ward, Young’s chief operating officer, said: “We recognise it’s a challenge for people to move location.
“We will help them financially with out of pocket expenses. And if they subsequently decide to take the roles we will support them in terms of funds towards their relocation.
“If at the end of a four week period they say it isn’t for me then they can revert to taking the full redundancy package.”
Mr Ward said he had spoken to the majority of staff and there had been interest from some in relocating, but there would also be help for those wanting to stay with offers of further training, time off and early release.