Hovis bosses to meet union leaders over Eastleigh closure

Daily Echo: British Bakeries Hovis factory at Eastleigh. British Bakeries Hovis factory at Eastleigh.

CRUCIAL talks take place tomorrow over the future of a Hampshire breadmaker threatened with the axe.

Union leaders will meet bosses at the Hovis bakery in Eastleigh where 82 workers are to lose their jobs.

The Daily Echo revealed yesterday how the owners of iconic bread-makers Hovis want to shut their factory at Toynbee Road.

If the closure plan goes ahead, staff will be out of work by mid June.

Bosses at the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union will begin talks with managers tomorrow, the first day of a period of consultation.

A distribution centre, which operates on the site and employs 90 people, will remain unaffected under the factory closure plans.

Premier Foods has said Eastleigh’s Hovis factory was its smallest and that it “lacks the flexibility to meet our future requirements”.

It is the latest hammer blow for manufacturing in Eastleigh.

Last year 50 Hovis staff comprising warehouse operators, drivers and administrative workers were told they were facing the axe amid plans to close a distribution centre in Chandler’s Ford.

Hundreds of jobs also went when Eastleigh’s Mr Kipling cake factory closed its doors in 2005.

Last night, Eastleigh MP Chris Huhne said: “Every job loss is a shock for the families involved, and my sympathies go out to them.

“This shows that there continue to be real problems in many local businesses even though there are also hopeful signs elsewhere like the big increase in local apprenticeships at GE aviation. It is a tough year, and the local recovery is still patchy.”

Jimmy Chestnutt, chief executive of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, said the latest announcement was evidence the economy was still “volatile” for firms in the area.

“I am sure Hovis will be working with employees and representatives to ensure there is assistance provided to those at risk which may involve relocation, but also provide assistance in finding new employment.”

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10:22am Wed 15 Feb 12

southy says...

Good Luck Unions get the best deal as you can.
Good Luck Unions get the best deal as you can. southy

11:18am Wed 15 Feb 12

The Wickham Man says...

Agreed. Perhaps it would be better to allow a management buy out and for the bakery to continue as an independent concern than to see it close altogether.
Perhaps see if they can make other products under license?
Agreed. Perhaps it would be better to allow a management buy out and for the bakery to continue as an independent concern than to see it close altogether. Perhaps see if they can make other products under license? The Wickham Man

11:21am Wed 15 Feb 12

Sotonians_lets_pull_together says...

I'm not surprised Hovis are making cut backs.

I havent eaten Hovis since someone found a mouse baked into their Hovis Best of Both loaf of bread.

http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/news/newstopi
cs/howaboutthat/8029
591/Mouse-found-bake
d-into-loaf-of-bread
.html

I was disgusted, as I would have thought were many others. I cant imagine it did much for their sales figures.
I'm not surprised Hovis are making cut backs. I havent eaten Hovis since someone found a mouse baked into their Hovis Best of Both loaf of bread. http://www.telegraph .co.uk/news/newstopi cs/howaboutthat/8029 591/Mouse-found-bake d-into-loaf-of-bread .html I was disgusted, as I would have thought were many others. I cant imagine it did much for their sales figures. Sotonians_lets_pull_together

11:21am Wed 15 Feb 12

Linesman says...

Any guesses to what Cameron's response would be?

Let them eat cake?
Any guesses to what Cameron's response would be? Let them eat cake? Linesman

11:52am Wed 15 Feb 12

The Wickham Man says...

I love Hovis - it's what we usually buy. And I have never found a mouse in it yet. But what is Cameron supposed to do - nationalise Hovis? Introduce a law to stop people eating crackers? Make his sandwiches with hovis?
I love Hovis - it's what we usually buy. And I have never found a mouse in it yet. But what is Cameron supposed to do - nationalise Hovis? Introduce a law to stop people eating crackers? Make his sandwiches with hovis? The Wickham Man

12:22pm Wed 15 Feb 12

Sotonians_lets_pull_together says...

Hovis isnt iconic anymore, just pretty standard processed sliced bread for the most part from what I see in the supermarkets.

I cannot bring myself to buy bread from a company where their quality controls couldnt spot a whole mouse going into a loaf of bread. Just makes me wonder what else is in there.

If I want good quality bread I buy it from somewhere where it isnt filled with chemicals preservatives and improvers, or better yet, I make it myself and know for sure what is in it. If you get a good breadmaker it is cheaper and better quality to make it yourself, and pays for itself after a few months.
Hovis isnt iconic anymore, just pretty standard processed sliced bread for the most part from what I see in the supermarkets. I cannot bring myself to buy bread from a company where their quality controls couldnt spot a whole mouse going into a loaf of bread. Just makes me wonder what else is in there. If I want good quality bread I buy it from somewhere where it isnt filled with chemicals preservatives and improvers, or better yet, I make it myself and know for sure what is in it. If you get a good breadmaker it is cheaper and better quality to make it yourself, and pays for itself after a few months. Sotonians_lets_pull_together

12:29pm Wed 15 Feb 12

GregETNet says...

This just goes to show that rising populations mean that this kind of thing has to happen. Along with the economy struggling and local, independent businesses suffering, it’s not going to get much better.

This is why I believe community solutions like cooperatives are the future for the way we do things. If we come together as a community in a way that benefits the whole community, change can be possible!

A possible solution is a Community Supported Bakery - about Real Bread! Read about this here: http://www.sustainwe
b.org/realbread/comm
unity_supported_baki
ng/
This just goes to show that rising populations mean that this kind of thing has to happen. Along with the economy struggling and local, independent businesses suffering, it’s not going to get much better. This is why I believe community solutions like cooperatives are the future for the way we do things. If we come together as a community in a way that benefits the whole community, change can be possible! A possible solution is a Community Supported Bakery - about Real Bread! Read about this here: http://www.sustainwe b.org/realbread/comm unity_supported_baki ng/ GregETNet

3:44pm Wed 15 Feb 12

Linesman says...

GregETNet wrote:
This just goes to show that rising populations mean that this kind of thing has to happen. Along with the economy struggling and local, independent businesses suffering, it’s not going to get much better.

This is why I believe community solutions like cooperatives are the future for the way we do things. If we come together as a community in a way that benefits the whole community, change can be possible!

A possible solution is a Community Supported Bakery - about Real Bread! Read about this here: http://www.sustainwe

b.org/realbread/comm

unity_supported_baki

ng/
A Community Supported Bakery - where we can all loaf together?
[quote][p][bold]GregETNet[/bold] wrote: This just goes to show that rising populations mean that this kind of thing has to happen. Along with the economy struggling and local, independent businesses suffering, it’s not going to get much better. This is why I believe community solutions like cooperatives are the future for the way we do things. If we come together as a community in a way that benefits the whole community, change can be possible! A possible solution is a Community Supported Bakery - about Real Bread! Read about this here: http://www.sustainwe b.org/realbread/comm unity_supported_baki ng/[/p][/quote]A Community Supported Bakery - where we can all loaf together? Linesman

11:43am Thu 16 Feb 12

Sotonians_lets_pull_together says...

Real bread isnt some mythic thing we need prepared for us by a master baker.

Good quality breadmaking machines are fantastic, read the reviews and get one of the best ones, typically Panasonic

Five minutes to pop the ingredients in the night before, and lovely fresh bread ready on timer for breakfast.

Only a few pence for the flour and yeast and a little salt, and you know exactly what is in it as youve made it yourself. They can also make speciality breads, which are a massive cost saving compared to supermarkets.
Real bread isnt some mythic thing we need prepared for us by a master baker. Good quality breadmaking machines are fantastic, read the reviews and get one of the best ones, typically Panasonic Five minutes to pop the ingredients in the night before, and lovely fresh bread ready on timer for breakfast. Only a few pence for the flour and yeast and a little salt, and you know exactly what is in it as youve made it yourself. They can also make speciality breads, which are a massive cost saving compared to supermarkets. Sotonians_lets_pull_together

10:55am Fri 17 Feb 12

GregETNet says...

Hey, it'd be great if anyone knows how to make bread. Perhaps if anyone does, we could run a workshop for Transition Southampton? I believe a sourdough breadmaking workshop is planned for the next few months.
Hey, it'd be great if anyone knows how to make bread. Perhaps if anyone does, we could run a workshop for Transition Southampton? I believe a sourdough breadmaking workshop is planned for the next few months. GregETNet

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