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Wedgwood confirms 103 jobs will go at Barlaston

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Fewer positions are being axed at the company than first announced.

It comes after the employee consultation period finished.

The proposed changes were initially expected to result in a reduction of up to 145 jobs. Following the consultations, that number now stands at 103, with 97 going from manufacturing and six from restaurant operations at the site.

Wedgwood bosses say going forward, manufacturing operations in Barlaston will focus on hand crafted, high-end products, including Jasperware and prestige fine bone china.  All design, product development and global marketing of products will continue to be based at the site.

"We have had to make difficult decisions to strengthen the long-term health of the business and improve the competitiveness of the Wedgwood brand. We recognise and value the substantial contribution made by all our employees, and are committed to providing a comprehensive package of support to those who are impacted by these changes", said Ulla Lettijeff, President, Living business, Fiskars Group. "We will also continue to develop our Barlaston site as a strong home for Wedgwood and as a visitor attraction."

The jobs are expected to go in phases by the end of 2019.

 

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