Fifty jobs at risk at King’s Lynn meat processing factory

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Meats processor Tulip Ltd has confirmed that up to 50 jobs are at risk at its Lynn factory after the company failed to secure a contract.

The jobs in general production at its factory on Lynn’s Hardwick Narrows industrial estate are affected, with a further 100 at its factories in Boston, Lincolnshire, and Bodmin in Cornwall.

Yesterday, a company spokesman said a 30-day consultation period had begun with the affected employees with a view to redeploying as many as possible into alternative roles within the business.

In a statement on Thursday, Tulip’s human resources director Kirsty Wilkins said: “We are currently operating in an extremely challenging economic environment which has led to the need to announce proposed changes at three of our sites as a result of a failing to secure a tender.

“We have therefore entered into consultation with colleagues whose roles are potentially at risk of redundancy and are working closely with them to, wherever possible, lessen the impact of today’s announcement.”

The firm supplies bacon, pork, sausage and cooked meats for the retail and food service sectors from 17 UK manufacturing sites.