200 jobs created at Young's Seafood as M&S contracts confirmed
Young's Seafood has won the M&S work made available as Five Star Fish called time on losses. Bill Showalter, left, and Simon Dwyer,
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 3 Apr 2018
Grimsby seafood giant Young's has signed three significant contracts with M&S, paving the way for the creation of 200 jobs in the town.
It will see Grimsby's biggest private employer supply the High Street institution with chilled and frozen coated fish, natural salmon and white fish until 2023, and follows Five Star Fish's shock closure proposition announced last week.
Young’s has also revealed that it has chosen to exit Deli and Meals production from its Pinneys site in Annan, Scotland, declaring production no longer financially sustainable.
It is proposing to move the remaining natural salmon production to Grimsby's Humberstone Road plant, closing Pinneys Annan.
A spokesperson said this proposal continues the company’s ‘One Young’s’ strategy in "seeking to focus investments on centres of excellence to ensure Young’s is best positioned for future growth in the context of exceptionally challenging market conditions".
A formal consultation with staff and representatives will soon begin, with 450 jobs to go before the end of 2018. A total of 50 will be created at a second Annan site, home of scampi production.
Bill Showalter, pictured left, chief executive, said: "The decision by M&S to partner with Young’s to supply its chilled and frozen coated fish, white fish and natural salmon underlines our continued position as the UK’s leading seafood supplier. Together with M&S, we will aim to inspire people to love fish now and for generations to come.
“Today’s proposals to close our Young’s Pinneys site does not reflect on the committed and skilled teams at Young’s Pinneys – they are a credit to our company and if these proposals do go ahead we will work hard to maintain the employment of all colleagues throughout this transition. We have a long history of seafood production in Annan and whatever the outcome of the consultation we will continue to be a part of the community, given our other factory site within the town.”
It would not be the first time Young's has consolidated with Grimsby gaining, as reorganisation following a contract loss with Sainsbury's in 2016 saw scores of lines head south of the border. Prior to that several other English operations had been brought to North East Lincolnshire.
Today's confirmation f the M&S transfer comes after Humberbusiness.com revealed the Five Star work would be heading to Ross House, as the Great Grimsby Business Park business' future was put in jeopardy as 2 Sisters Food Group bosses called time on several loss-making years.
A total of 390 jobs are at risk, with this and Morrisons' additions now covering off the bulk of the likely redundancies.
Simon Dwyer, a lead figure in the Seafood Grimsby and Humber cluster group, said: "This endorses the credentials of the seafood processing cluster we have here.
"A lot of effort goes in to promoting all the parts that make up the whole uniqueness of Grimsby and the region's seafood businesses and supply chain."
Hailing the announcement, a spokesperson for North East Lincolnshire Council said: “We’re delighted that Young’s has reaffirmed its commitment to Grimsby. The growth of one of our key employers in the area is great news and will further cement Grimsby as the centre of the UK’s fish processing sector.
"We’ll be working with Young's to help make this move as easy as possible, both for the company and for potential new employees who may be relocated here.
"However, we’re also aware that this has come at the price of displacement of work from other areas, including Young’s factory in Annan and locally, our Five Star Fish factory here in Grimsby. We hope that the organisations will work together to support employees across the board who will be affected by these changes.
"Notwithstanding that, this is another boost for our local economy and for people who work within the sector.”
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