Outrage at Greggs Factory Closure

Thursday March 3rd 2016

Greggs Loanhead Factory Closure

Local politicians are outraged by the news that Greggs plans to close its bakery manufacturing operation in Loanhead, Midlothian.

The news came on the same day that Greggs reported a 5.2% rise in sales and profits of £73m – up from £58.3m the previous year.

Owen Thompson, SNP MP for Midlothian said:

“Despite reporting a rise in profits I’m incredibly disappointed that Greggs have taken this decision. The closure of the Loanhead bakery will be felt by our community and impact on the Midlothian economy – 107 jobs is a huge blow.

“I have written to Greggs urging them to reconsider this decision and have also contacted Midlothian Council to ensure all available support is available to those losing jobs as a result.”

Kelly Parry, SNP Councillor for Midlothian West said:

“My immediate concern is for the 107 staff who’s jobs are currently on the line, and the families affected by this unnecessary move by Greggs.

“I will be working with the staff and unions involved to ensure that Greggs put in place measures to minimise the severe impact this will have to employees and the community.”

Alison Johnstone, Scottish Green MSP for Lothian, said:

“Greggs management must keep the staff fully informed about the timescale for closure. I urge the Scottish Government and its agencies to stand ready to provide employment support for affected staff. This shock announcement underlines the importance of encouraging more local businesses with roots in the community to provide economic stability.”

Ian Baxter, Midlothian Green councillor, said:

“The loss of over 100 jobs at this site in Loanhead is terrible news for the workers affected, and it will have a huge impact on the Midlothian economy. I know Midlothian Council will seek to offer help in any way it can. We must minimise the impact of this announcement.”

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