Hundreds of jobs are set to go at a Northumberland factory.
Employees at the Coty company in Seaton Delaval were left reeling after it was announced today that the site was earmarked for closure – with the loss of 400 jobs.
Staff were told during a meeting at noon when news broke that the company was looking to close two of its European factories, with the axe falling on Northumberland.
Subject to the approval of its board, it will close by the end of 2018.
The factory was formerly owned by Procter and Gamble.
A statement from the company said: ‘We have announced proposed changes to our international manufacturing network including our fragrance operation in Seaton Delaval.
‘These proposals are the result of a detailed study of our expanded global manufacturing capacities and capabilities for each of our divisions following the merger with P&G Specialty Beauty brands and with the objective to enable our future growth.
‘As a result of the study’s recommendations, we are proposing subject to Board approval, to consolidate our fragrance operations into fewer core centres which will result in the proposed closure of the Seaton plant.
‘Specific timelines are still under consideration and subject to consultation in relation to these proposals.
‘If the proposals go ahead the site will close by the end of calendar year 2018.
‘It is anticipated that, subject to consultation, approximately 400 roles will be affected in Seaton.’
Kay Plumley, site leader at Seaton Delaval, said: “I am committed to fully supporting all our colleagues in Seaton Delaval through the coming months.
“Our priority is to work closely with them and their families throughout the consultation and to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.”
Earlier this afternoon, before the announcement was formally made, Northumberland County Council pledged to do everything in its powers to safeguard the future of the factory.