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Petition launched to save Britvic and Unilever's factory in Norwich gains 5,000 signatures in one day

PUBLISHED: 22:15 04 October 2017 | UPDATED: 22:15 04 October 2017

Entrance to the Norwich Britvic factory.
Picture: Nick Butcher

Entrance to the Norwich Britvic factory. Picture: Nick Butcher

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A petition launched by this paper to save Britvic and Unilever’s Norwich factory has amassed more than 5.000 signatures in less than a day.

The petition, created via Change.org, aims to save more than 300 Norwich jobs.

Unilever, makers of Colman’s Mustard, said it could close the factory it shares on the site with Britvic after the drinks company said it would be closing its Norwich based factory on Tuesday, October 3.

MORE: More than 200 jobs at risk as Britvic announces plans to close Norwich factory

Soft drinks manufacturer Britvic’s closure of the factory puts more than 200 jobs a risk.

The production of Robinsons and Fruit Shoot which currently takes place in the fine city will be transferred to other sites in London, Leeds and Rugby.

The plant is expected to close towards the end of 2019, following a consultation with affected staff.

MORE: Colman’s Mustard factory in Norwich could shut after Britvic announces closure plans

David Powles, editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, said: “We are launching this campaign today because these two factories are simply too important to lose.

MORE: Clive Lewis: Government ‘cannot wash hands’ of Unilever and Britvic’s proposed Norwich closures

“They form a crucial part of this county’s history as well as providing a livelihood for hundreds of workers at the factory and in the supply chains.

“We want readers to back our campaign and send a clear message: They must be saved.”

Click here to sign the petition.

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