Grimsby jobs

Ice­landic Seachill has warned its Grimsby staff that a large num­ber of jobs are at risk fol­low­ing the loss of a £50-£60 mil­lion Marks & Spencer con­tract.

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THE work­force was given the bad news in a memo from the management last month.

UK chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Smith said in a state­ment: ‘We have been in­formed by M&S that they have cho­sen to give the con­tract for all their busi­ness with us to al­ter­na­tive sup­pli­ers.

‘This af­fects coated, en­croute and deli busi­ness. This de­ci­sion will have a huge im­pact on our busi­ness and the un­for­tu­nate re­al­ity is that a large num­ber of roles may be at risk.

‘We are cur­rently re­view­ing all prac­ti­ca­ble al­ter­na­tive sce­nar­ios. It is early days and we are work­ing on de­tailed pro­pos­als which we will share with our em­ploy­ees at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity.

‘Our num­ber one pri­or­ity is to sup­port those di­rectly im­pacted by the de­ci­sion that M&S have taken. The tim­ing of the trans­fer of busi­ness is, as yet, un­known.’

He added: ‘The news comes after a trad­ing re­la­tion­ship of more than 30 years and the con­tract is worth in the re­gion of £50-£60 mil­lion.

‘The Ice­landic Seachill busi­ness re­mains in good shape with strong and con­tin­u­ing part­ner­ships with our re­main­ing cus­tomers.’

Smith later said on lo­cal BBC tele­vi­sion that job losses could be in their hun­dreds. The en­tire site em­ploys 1,400 peo­ple.

M&S is re­port­edly mov­ing part of the busi­ness to Five Star Fish of Grimsby, which is owned by the Boparan Group, and to Green­core for coated fish prawn cocktails re­spec­tively. Both com­pa­nies al­ready pro­duce some prod­ucts for the re­tailer.

Ice­landic Seachill also owns the award win­ning Saucy Fish range but that busi­ness is not af­fected by these lat­est events.

The news has come as some­thing of a shock and re­flects the fierce, al­most cut- throat com­pe­ti­tion in the seafood busi­ness to­day.

It is ex­actly a year since Young’s Seafood, also of Grimsby, lost a £100 mil­lion salmon pro­cess­ing con­tract to Marine Har­vest.

Huge im­pact “The un­for­tu­nate re­al­ity is that a large num­ber of roles may be at risk”

Above: Si­mon Smith

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