Response group formed to help factory workforce

A new response group has been formed to develop plans to help the workforce of a threatened Seaton Delaval factory.


Last month Coty, formerly Proctor and Gamble, announced a proposal which could lead to the closure of its site, with the potential loss of 370 Coty jobs.


The proposal is subject to consultation with employees,but it could lead to closure of the factory by the end of calendar year 2018.


The response group has been formed by Northumberland County Council and Arch, the Northumberland Development Company, and is being supported by Seaton Valley Community Council and a range of other organisations.


Agencies which have joined the group include the Department of International Trade; JobCentre Plus; North East Enterprise Agencies Ltd; Northumberland College; National Careers Service; North East of England Process Industry Cluster; Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; and the Confederation of British Industry.


Steven Mason, chief executive at Northumberland County Council, said:  “The response group has held its first meeting and has resolved to develop support for the workers at this site for the short, medium and longer term.


“Through Arch we will be keeping in touch with the company and monitoring the situation while consultation takes place with staff.


“Priorities for the group, should the proposed closure go ahead, will be supporting employees and getting them back into work; supporting the local community and the supply chain; and working to secure a positive future for the site at Seaton Delaval.

“The council is committed to supporting the local workforce and has a good track record of this type of activity - having worked closely with General Mills in Berwick to support staff when it announced its closure plans.”


Coty has expressed its support for the group and will be working with them over the coming months.


The group plans to meet at regular intervals during the coming months and will report on progress.

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