Job losses as Young’s Seafood confirms factory will close

More than 200 job losses are expected after Young’s Seafood confirmed it will shut down a factory in Grimsby.

The business said it had been unable to reach “a viable solution”.

A spokesman told the BBC it expected “more than 200” jobs to go but was unable to give an exact figure. More than 280 jobs were initially put at risk at the site, which employs 297 people.

Sofina Foods Europe, which owns Young’s Seafood, said: “Following the announcement of a formal consultation with staff and representatives at the Marsden Road site in Grimsby in June this year, it is with regret that we have been unable to find a viable solution to maintain future production at the site.

“As a result, production at the Marsden Road site will be scaled back and then cease in late October 2023.

“The remaining whitefish processing undertaken by Sofina Foods Europe will move to the Humberstone Road site in Grimsby and the smoked processing to our Fraserburgh site in Scotland.

“The closure has been necessary following changes in future demands for products produced at the site and we explored a number of options to maintain operations and to protect roles. Sadly, this has been unsuccessful.”

The company added some new roles would be created at the Humberstone Road and Fraserburgh sites “to support the transfer”.

And it said it would work to offer alternative job opportunities, where possible, to those staff affected by the closure.