Skegness sweet factory confirms closure with a potential of 87 job losses

Glisten Factory, Skegness.
Glisten Factory, Skegness.

A confectionery business, based in Skegness has today confirmed that it is to transfer manufacturing to its plants in Leicester and the Czech Republic with a potential of 87 job losses.

Glisten confirmed its decision after it held a full consultation with employees and looked at all available options which will see the Skegness site close at the end of March next year.

However, all 87 employees at the plant have been offered roles at other sites within the group in the UK.

Mark Adcock, managing director, said: “This was a difficult decision and was only taken after a full discussion of all available options, including suggestions from both East Lindsey District Council and Lincolnshire County Council with regards to possible alternative sites in Skegness for future expansion.

“Unfortunately, none of the proposed options addressed the fundamental issue of the cost and feasibility of increasing our manufacturing capacity in Skegness, set against the fact that we have spare capacity at our other production facilities.

“I have a responsibility to all Glisten employees and we have to ensure the best and most cost-effective use of our available resources to meet the demands of the major retail customers who are fundamental to our business and continued growth.

“We are holding one-to-one meetings with all staff next week to discuss the different options available to them. For those employees who do not wish to take up jobs at our other production facilities, we are providing enhanced redundancy packages and extensive advice and support in seeking employment elsewhere.”

Glisten is one of the UK’s leading independent confectionery manufacturers and part of the Raisio Group.

It has been established for over 100 years, producing an extensive range of private label and own-brand boiled sweets, fruit gums, jellies, toffees, chocolates and popcorn for UK retailers.

Councillor Craig Leyland, East Lindsey District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, said on the news: “This is devastating news at the worst possible time – in the run up to the Christmas period. Our first thoughts have to be with the staff affected by this decision.

“This will be a huge loss to Skegness at a time when full time jobs in the area are at a premium. Together with our county council colleagues we made Glisten aware of future training and recruitment opportunities in the area as well as availability of sites for potential expansion, but I am well aware that this was a commercial decision and that the company has a large international base which has led them to take the decision that they have.”

“I do hope that Glisten will do all it can to support these members of staff in finding alternative employment. I understand that they are working with Job Centre Plus at the moment to find alternative employment opportunities as well as committing to find alternative roles at its other UK sites for anyone who would like to take up this opportunity.

“Working with other partners, the District Council will continue to offer support to those staff affected by this decision including a financial investment into a Jobs Fair in Skegness, further investment to provide additional support to up-skill local people and support for those wanting to start up their own businesses.”

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