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Printing plant to close with loss of 88 jobs

Harmsworth Printing is to close its printing plant in Bristol tomorrow with the loss of 88 jobs, it was confirmed yesterday.

A four week consultation period on the closure plan has now come to an end and the presses will stop rolling tomorrow.

In future the majority of the Northcliffe Media titles printed at Bristol are to be produced from the company’s plant in Didcot, 40 miles along the M4.

However the South Wales Evening Post and the Metro editions serving the South West and South Wales are set to be printed in either Cardiff or Birmingham.

A company spokesman told HTFP: “A consultation period was announced four weeks ago and sadly the presses will close on Friday.”

The Bristol closure follows similar moves at both Leicester and Grimsby over the past eight months.

Comments

Rob (04/06/2009 09:27:54)
a four week consultation period, good joke

Mark (04/06/2009 11:34:06)
Northcliffe has systematically destroyed a company which used to boast of being a family firm. The next move will be to amalgamate the Evening Post and Western Daily Press and get weekly journalists on a weekly wage to provide a minimum news coverage.

Ren (04/06/2009 14:43:20)
Quality of the paper used is now very poor, the colours are all wrong and fonts look too small – could try harder!

Northcliffe employee (04/06/2009 16:46:27)
“The next move will be to amalgamate the Evening Post and Western Daily Press and get weekly journalists on a weekly wage to provide a minimum news coverage.”
Already happened. WDP now has only token “content gatherers” with vast majority of content garnered from other titles in the south west.
Another nail in the coffin.

Cliff (05/06/2009 15:20:46)
The company at the Heart of All Things Frugal strikes again

Eric (07/06/2009 13:16:55)
How ironic that the `Paper all Bristol asked for and helped to create’ has been destroyed by the company it successfully kicked out of town all those years ago. Shame on the BUP management and shareholders who let the Northcliffe nightmare in through the back door nearly 20 years ago. Hope the payout was worth it.

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