Taskforce offers help to save Solway Foods jobs

MP Andy Sawford and Corby Council leader Tom Beattie
MP Andy Sawford and Corby Council leader Tom Beattie

Solway Foods bosses will next week meet members of a taskforce trying to keep the 913 jobs at risk at the company in Corby.

The taskforce had its first meeting on Monday following an announcement by the 2 Sisters Food Group that the Solway Foods plant in Godwin Road could close.

David Reynolds, head of North Northamptonshire Development Company, has been appointed chairman of the taskforce.

It also includes Corby MP Andy Sawford and representatives of the borough and county council, Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership and South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership.

Corby Council leader Tom Beattie said: “Keeping Solway open in Corby is our priority.

“Its closure would not only be a blow to all those who work there and their families, but it would have a knock-on effect on the firm’s suppliers and the town’s economy.”

The company has started a 45-day consultation with staff as the Corby site which, it says, is not viable in the long term.

Cllr Beattie said offers of help for the firm being considered included finding new premises.

He said: “We will be putting a range of offers of help to the company on Monday and hope that closure of Solway in Corby will be the last option.”