'deep concern' over job loss fears at Highbridge firm Brakes
and Highbridge's Mayor has this week expressed his "deep
concern" over fears that jobs could be lost if a leading
town business shuts its warehouse and moves out of the town.
Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported
last week that Brakes Group has recently acquired a new depot
in Portbury, which it says may affect its existing three warehouse
sites at Highbridge, Bristol and Yate.
at the Brakes food depot on Highbridge's Isleport Industrial Estate
are worried that the Portbury move will lead to job losses.
and Highbridge Mayor Cllr Michael Clarke told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"I am deeply concerned by this potential move of one of our
largest employers in Highbridge."
am watching the situation closely. It is very worrying for all
concerned - we wouldn't want any jobs to be lost from this important
Brakes spokeswoman Honoria Simpson told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "How
this site will operate within the current UK network is subject
to further planning. A collective consultation period has begun
with colleagues at three depots within the region."
the company will consider all possible alternatives, one potential
impact is that the three depots will be closed and the need to
make redundancies could therefore arise."
company is committed to avoiding redundancies where possible,
reducing the number of employees affected and mitigating the consequences
of any closure."
"The full scope of how these sites will be affected is not
yet confirmed. Once business decisions are formally approved for
a site, specific consultation at that location will begin."
is committed to supporting its colleagues during this process;
it is not anticipated that customers will be affected."
will occupy a 250,763 sq ft former Asda cold store at Portbury.
It has already agreed a deal for a 30-year lease of the site.
warehouse comprises a purpose-built cold store facility, which
was built in the early 1990s. It is located on a 17-acre site
adjacent to junction 19 of the M5 motorway and was last occupied
by Asda in September 2013.