Future of Tulip’s Bodmin site secured, although more than jobs 100 lost

Tulip has confirmed that its Bodmin manufacturing site will remain open, although a further 49 jobs are to go at the factory on top of 75 that have gone already.

In October, Tulip began a consultation on closing its ‘unsustainable’ Bodmin site, which it said would put the 270 jobs there at risk.

“While it remains a well-invested site with industry-leading capabilities, it is unsustainable to maintain operations under the existing business model,” Tulip said, stressing that closure was not a foregone conclusion and that it was seeking to galvanise employees, customers and suppliers to ‘agree a viable plan for the sustainable future of the site’.

Today, Tulip announced that a recovery plan for the Cornish manufacturing site now been agreed, securing its future.

Throughout the consultation, the site has seen a reduction in headcount by 75, either through redundancy or resignation. Today, Tulip announced an additional 49 redundancies, bringing the total headcount remaining at the site to 146, compared with the 270 at the start of the process.

“The agreement follows extensive discussions with site management, employee representatives and customers, and will involve several operational adjustments,” the pork processor said in a statement.

“Changes to shift patterns and working arrangements will unfortunately result in an additional 49 redundancies. Individual discussions will be taking place with those impacted.

“It is always disappointing to have to lose people from our business, but we are satisfied that the improvements which have already been implemented at the site as a result of significant efforts of all parties, together with the additional changes which will now be actioned, will ensure a sustainable future for the site.

“Our ambition is to now deliver on the commitments which have been set out in our agreed recovery plan, continue with the process of continuous improvement for our day to day operations, and actively explore new growth opportunities.”

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