HTFP understands Archant staff were told yesterday that the vast majority of newspaper advertising design work would be carried out abroad.
It is believed around seven of the designers affected are based in Weston-super-Mare, while the rest work out of the company’s head office in Norwich.
A consultation has now begun with the staff affected.
A company spokeswoman said: “Archant can confirm that, as part of a review of its newspaper advertising design services, it has started a consultation process with affected staff.”
The announcement comes after Archant unveiled a shake-up of its content operation in November, which could see the loss of up to 57 jobs and the creation of 40 new roles.
The restructure proposed separating the design and production of the company’s newspapers from the content creation function, with a centralised production unit in Norwich responsible for all print titles.