Councils in ‘positive’ talks with Skegness firm

Glisten's factory in Skegness.
Glisten's factory in Skegness.
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The district and county councils have joined forces to put forward proposals they hope will encourage a threatened Skegness factory to reconsider plans to close.

Representatives from the county and district councils yesterday (Wednesday) met with bosses from Glisten, one of the UK’s leading independent confectionery manufacturers.

The company is currently considering moving its Skegness operations to its sites in Leicester and the Czech Republic, with around 100 jobs potentially at risk.

And after yesterday’s talks with company bosses, senior council figures have said it is “vital” that local authorities do “all we can” to keep the factory in Skegness.

Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at the county council, said: “It was a positive meeting, and the company were receptive to what we had to say.

“The next step will be for us to look at how we could help them expand their operations here in Skegness, while also developing a workforce with the skills needed for the future.

“I believe Lincolnshire is becoming an increasingly attractive place in which businesses can invest and innovate, and we’d love to see Glisten remain a part of that story.”

Councillor Craig Leyland, executive member for economic regeneration at East Lindsey District Council, added: “It’s vital that we do all we can to keep these jobs in Skegness.

“If they were to be lost, it wouldn’t just be the staff directly involved who’d be affected – there’d also be an impact on the supply chain and the wider community.

“For that reason, we’ll be offering our support to the company to help them find a way forward here on the coast.”

Following yesterday’s meeting, the councils say they will now be working on their proposal for the company.