Bakery closure will cause 55 redundancies

BOLTON family bakery Warburtons is shedding more than 50 jobs at its Blackpool factory.

Workers at the Fylde coast factory were officially told 55 of them will lose their jobs this week after the firm made the “difficult decision” to cease production at the site.

The company has confirmed a further 16 workers have found alternative jobs or will be re-deployed by Warburtons when the factory shuts on January 31, while two have taken early retirement.

Geoff Atkinson, from the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, said: “The workers were expecting the worst and the worst came.”

Jonathan Warburton, company chairman and chief executive, said the last year had been “particularly challenging”.

He added: “Closing a bakery is the hardest decision our family business has to make.

“The last year has been particularly challenging due to a number of changeable factors, including further pressure on household budgets and an increasingly competitive market. ”

Production at the factory will stop a week before it officially closes, on January 25.

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1:43pm Sat 5 Jan 13

macauley says...

sounds like a blackpool milk roll.
sounds like a blackpool milk roll. macauley

11:13am Sun 6 Jan 13

boltonnut says...

One of the (changeable factors) could be the fact some people are to lazy to make a butty,they would rather eat tainted takeaway.An old joke of my dad,he used to say we have no bread left,you'll have to have toast.
One of the (changeable factors) could be the fact some people are to lazy to make a butty,they would rather eat tainted takeaway.An old joke of my dad,he used to say we have no bread left,you'll have to have toast. boltonnut

11:53am Sun 6 Jan 13

Rocket_Scientist says...

Has come to summat when we can't even make money out of baking bread
Has come to summat when we can't even make money out of baking bread Rocket_Scientist

4:44pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Beyond News Forum says...

On the subject of bakeries, why had Bolton council allowed the Pound Bakery to infiltrate shop premises next to two Greenhaulgh's? One on the main square and the other near the market?

Are the council trying to lose Greenhaulgh's also?
On the subject of bakeries, why had Bolton council allowed the Pound Bakery to infiltrate shop premises next to two Greenhaulgh's? One on the main square and the other near the market? Are the council trying to lose Greenhaulgh's also? Beyond News Forum

5:20pm Sun 6 Jan 13

boydell says...

I love warburtons products, especially the thins.
Six in a pack they can be eaten plain or toasted, with savoury or sweet filling of your choice.
If everyone tried them the bakery in Blackpool would never have to close.

So, go on boltonians keep our bakeries open by buying Warburtons Thins.
Yum-yum.
I love warburtons products, especially the thins. Six in a pack they can be eaten plain or toasted, with savoury or sweet filling of your choice. If everyone tried them the bakery in Blackpool would never have to close. So, go on boltonians keep our bakeries open by buying Warburtons Thins. Yum-yum. boydell

6:58pm Sun 6 Jan 13

I, Ludicrous says...

Beyond News Forum wrote:
On the subject of bakeries, why had Bolton council allowed the Pound Bakery to infiltrate shop premises next to two Greenhaulgh's? One on the main square and the other near the market?

Are the council trying to lose Greenhaulgh's also?
You'll pay for what you get. I visited one of the Pound Bakeries once, binned 80% of what I'd bought but still encountered 100% of the indigestion. Absolutely awful stuff. I blame myself.
[quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: On the subject of bakeries, why had Bolton council allowed the Pound Bakery to infiltrate shop premises next to two Greenhaulgh's? One on the main square and the other near the market? Are the council trying to lose Greenhaulgh's also?[/p][/quote]You'll pay for what you get. I visited one of the Pound Bakeries once, binned 80% of what I'd bought but still encountered 100% of the indigestion. Absolutely awful stuff. I blame myself. I, Ludicrous

8:04pm Sun 6 Jan 13

macauley says...

I, Ludicrous wrote:
Beyond News Forum wrote: On the subject of bakeries, why had Bolton council allowed the Pound Bakery to infiltrate shop premises next to two Greenhaulgh's? One on the main square and the other near the market? Are the council trying to lose Greenhaulgh's also?
You'll pay for what you get. I visited one of the Pound Bakeries once, binned 80% of what I'd bought but still encountered 100% of the indigestion. Absolutely awful stuff. I blame myself.
its only like takaways to open next to each other.and also warburtons is over priced people will only buy what they can afford and what they want,so the only way is for the greedy warburtons to compete better.
[quote][p][bold]I, Ludicrous[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Beyond News Forum[/bold] wrote: On the subject of bakeries, why had Bolton council allowed the Pound Bakery to infiltrate shop premises next to two Greenhaulgh's? One on the main square and the other near the market? Are the council trying to lose Greenhaulgh's also?[/p][/quote]You'll pay for what you get. I visited one of the Pound Bakeries once, binned 80% of what I'd bought but still encountered 100% of the indigestion. Absolutely awful stuff. I blame myself.[/p][/quote]its only like takaways to open next to each other.and also warburtons is over priced people will only buy what they can afford and what they want,so the only way is for the greedy warburtons to compete better. macauley

12:56pm Mon 7 Jan 13

cliff4treasurer says...

Couldn't agree more,brought up on warbys but it got expensive and stale in the supermarkets (the old trick of the breadman to walk round the van then put the returns back on the shelf and sell the fresh stuff to a local corner shop?) Drop the price like every other company has had to do has had to do.
Or maybe you are planning on buying the wanderers a new defence?
Couldn't agree more,brought up on warbys but it got expensive and stale in the supermarkets (the old trick of the breadman to walk round the van then put the returns back on the shelf and sell the fresh stuff to a local corner shop?) Drop the price like every other company has had to do has had to do. Or maybe you are planning on buying the wanderers a new defence? cliff4treasurer

4:46pm Mon 7 Jan 13

sunfun says...

To be fair on Warburton’s, they have spent a lot of money investing in new super plants, at Bolton, Bristol and Wakefield over the last few years. Brinwell Road at Blackpool is like something from another era, and only makes bread roles. What 55 people at Blackpool make in a week, a few robots in Wakefield will knock out in a few hours keeping the costs to the bread buying public down.
To be fair on Warburton’s, they have spent a lot of money investing in new super plants, at Bolton, Bristol and Wakefield over the last few years. Brinwell Road at Blackpool is like something from another era, and only makes bread roles. What 55 people at Blackpool make in a week, a few robots in Wakefield will knock out in a few hours keeping the costs to the bread buying public down. sunfun

10:04pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Horwich Observer says...

Warburtons loaf in Sainsburys £1.45 Aldi same loaf.

:)
Warburtons loaf in Sainsburys £1.45 Aldi same loaf. :) Horwich Observer

10:04pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Horwich Observer says...

Aldi same loaf £1
Aldi same loaf £1 Horwich Observer

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