Exclusive: Jobs at risk at historic Kettering company

Timsons in Bath Road, Kettering
Timsons in Bath Road, Kettering

A well-established Kettering firm has announced jobs at its factories are at risk.

Timsons, which makes book presses in its Bath Road and Water Street factories, says new technology means it has to reduce its workforce in order to maintain its competitiveness.

Workers were told on Monday, July 21, that a consultation on their future at the business had begun.

More than 95 per cent of books read in the UK – including the Harry Potter series and the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy – are produced using printing presses made at Timsons.

The firm, which was founded in 1896, said technology was advancing at incredible rates but added that the consultation on staffing levels is “deeply regrettable”.

In a statement issued to the Northants Telegraph, managing director Jeff Ward said: “For the last two years Timsons have been developing the next generation of printing presses using high-speed inkjet technology in collaboration with leading industry names which provides an alternative to the current printing process.

“On Monday, July 21, Timsons announced to the workforce that it has made the strategic decision to concentrate all of its development activities on this new generation of presses. Timsons have already installed a number of presses using this technology into strategic geographic areas providing a platform for future growth.

“This change in focus regretfully requires fewer people so the workforce has been advised that there will be a restructuring of the business which will include a risk of redundancies.

“In this respect a 30-day consultation encompassing both the Union and staff representatives has commenced to oversee the process. These actions, while deeply regrettable, are necessary to ensure that Timsons maintains its market-leading position.

“The manufacture of books using this new technology is in its infancy at present and the possibilities for future growth are considerable.”