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Hundreds To Be Out Of Work After Bakery Decides To Close

Wednesday June 12 2013


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MORE than a hundred people will be out of work after a Barnsley bakery decided to close its doors.

La Baguette Doree, based at Town End Industrial Estate, will shut down in August - leaving 123 people out of work.

Fletchers Group, its owner, cited the loss of a contract with Tesco as the reason behind the decision.

Work producing specialist breads for Marks and Spencer, currently done in the Barnsley bakery, will be transferred to the firm’s factory in London.

"Some of our members have worked there since it opened 22 years ago," said Sam Vickers, from The Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union.

"We got a whiff that it might be shutting down three or four weeks ago and it was a bit of a bombshell. Now they’ve come out and confirmed it.

"We’re doing everything we can to support our members. It just shows how much influence supermarkets have. If they can get it a penny cheaper elsewhere they move and they’re the people making all the money in this."

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Reply Posted by AHR on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 12:19
I doubt t very much that any M&S shopper will boycott the Barnsley branch .

Reply Posted by Barnsley Truth on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 12:37
Why the hell is it M&S fault, Fletchers Management maybe , Tesco buyers maybe but not M&S......or maybe just simple economics....stop looking for someone to blame you idiot.

Reply Posted by sv on Friday June 14 2013 at 00:14
it is Tesco who have moved a £16 million order so they can make another penny or so per pack ! supermarkets are too powerful and greedy, food workers in general suffer from decisions made with no thought to its effects on those people !

Reply Posted by sv on Friday June 14 2013 at 00:16
shoppers do give a toss either about what happens to food workers

Reply Posted by les on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 12:32
Theyve no need to worry. stevo will show them how to get a job in 4 days.
He thinks jobs fall out of the sky

Reply Posted by stevo on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 15:39
Les (troll?) nice try!

To the employees of LBD, sorry to hear that your factory is closing you have my sympathies it is a horrible knowing that your place of work is closing.

Ignore the post from Les above he is a web troll with nothing better to do and most certainly shows no compassion to you or the fact that you are losing your livelihoods.

Reply Posted by Kate guest on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 12:59
Tuther half worked there a few yes back n still has shares wonder if he should sell em

Reply Posted by brian on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 13:08
That's fixing the towns economic prospects really good putting more people out of work

Reply Posted by Moi on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 13:08
The shares would have been for northern foods. They haven't been part of northern for 4/5 years now
I am with Barnsley truth on this one too

Reply Posted by JB on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 13:46
Doesn't make much business sense to shut down a factory in Barnsley & move operation to London
Come on the operation cost must be lower in Barnsley than London

Reply Posted by Charles on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 14:19
I thought that this company was based on the Carlton Industrial Estate, not at town end as stated in the article.

Reply Posted by Tom on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 14:29
Cannot the government or council buy it?

Then give us our daily bread in return for our council tax. Increasing amounts of people are being cursed with unemployment (due to the state's monetary policies), and forced to join the ever increasing bread lines, because the dole, that people are forced to pay ever increasing national insurance for is no longer keeping up with inflation. And let's not forget about the ever increasing amounts of workers being forced onto benefits too (particularly housing benefit, as the state increases rents and cuts the minimum wage in real terms), along with the foodbank queues.

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday June 13 2013 at 19:14
Tom,nice in theory but not in practice.

The power of the supermarkets has grown at an exponential rate over the last 15-20 years.
They do not care about putting people out of work, they are only interested in maximising their own profits.

Reply Posted by Tom on Sunday June 16 2013 at 12:33
Aye. I worked in the meat production industry a while back, and our factory was taken over by VION, then subsequently closed, we supplied the main supermarkets. People were offered the chance to relocate to a plant in Scotland (the company was taking advantage of a government subsidy there), that plant has also now closed. So glad I did not relocate.
Hopefully somebody can re-open the business, as we are very competitive compared with the rest of the UK, what with lower living/wage costs.

My main gripe, is the lack of ability for people to compete with these big corporations and their economies of scale, many exploiting subsidies, whilst high start up costs in the form of red tape price people out of competing with them, and providing the product at a lower cost.

Say you could undercut them, when you factor in all the H&S, licenses and regressive business rates, you can't compete with their economies of scale. Often you need the same license to process 1 tonne of product, as you do to process 1000 tonne of product.

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday June 16 2013 at 13:02
slightly off topic but that is exactly the reason Asos moved from Hertfordshire, extensive EU grants for relocation and cheaper wages.

Reply Posted by Nini on Wednesday June 12 2013 at 15:13
I live in the South East of England(originally from Barnsley),About 10 years ago my husband worked for a very large bakery which closed down after Tesco gave them a very large contract meaning baking for them and no one else,then pulled out unless the price was dropped to a ridiculous amount per loaf.Result one closed factory(which had been open years)and over 700 job losses.As said before the supermarkets are very powerful now.
Also reality of living here is not what a lot of people think,I have a reasonably good job,my last pay rise was in 2007 leaving us not far from minimum wage,with a company ethic of if you dont like it leave,somebody else will do it,TUPE accounts to absolutely nothing now,most jobs advertised available, even for very large well known companies are minimum wage with 16 hour contracts,expecting you to work up to 60/72 hour weeks when req'd but no work /pay when business is low.

Reply Posted by rainbow on Thursday June 13 2013 at 16:42
There should be a law against what TESCO are doing, honest workers being thrown to the wolves by capitalist pigs. No wonder the countries in the state its in, profit, profit, profit and the politicians don't give a hoot.!!!

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday June 13 2013 at 19:16
The politicians don't give a monkeys, especially the Tories as they have their business interests to look after.

Reply Posted by Nicola on Friday June 14 2013 at 08:35
Well said les lol

Reply Posted by Nicola on Friday June 14 2013 at 08:39
Compassion because people are going to be out of work yeah right Stevo I seemed to recal you calling my husband when he lost his job . But not to worry because its really easy to find work isn't it Stevo .

Reply Posted by STEVO on Friday June 14 2013 at 14:22
Nicola, it is if you know where to look.

Reply Posted by Jayne on Friday June 14 2013 at 08:43
It seems there is one familiar name that keeps popping up here. Tesco. Don't shop there, I never shop at tesco as I don't like what they stand for. I am sure they are doing it everywhere not just here. Simple solution, no demand, no profit

Reply Posted by LBD on Friday June 14 2013 at 09:09
They are closing down due to the fact that the staff are actually very poor. I know many people that have worked there 15-20years and they didn't care about the standards. They used to pack any crap, even if it had been on the floor. The Union are also to blame why people lost their jobs in March 2012, everyone knew back then that it wouldn't last long. The union rep only represented his 'mates' and didnt look at who to make redundant on a business decision. All the staff that ran the machines got laid off and all the numpties kept their jobs. Gav Roberts couldn't run a shift if it hit him in his face.
I'm glad they have all lost their jobs. Back of the dole queue, where you belong.

Reply Posted by Grum on Friday June 14 2013 at 14:25
Disgusting attitude!
Wouldn't expect any less from the idiots on ere tho.
Hope YOU lose your job, that's if you have one.

Reply Posted by k.p.i room on Sunday June 16 2013 at 12:42
This rant can only be from a disgruntled ex employee who ive know doubt(and an idea who it could be) got made redundant last year and who is possibly still out of work.to start pointing the finger at certain individiuals is a cheap shot to say the least and if you had seen bread packed after it had been on the floor and did nothing about it then i can see why you were made redundant last year.its the attitude like that off employee's past and present which has slowly over the years sent the company into decline.

Reply Posted by Grum on Sunday June 16 2013 at 13:05
No I am not who you think I am and I have never worked @ LBD.

I work @ Manor but I have seen many redundancies over the years due to cost cutting.

Reply Posted by k.p.i room on Sunday June 16 2013 at 15:34
sorry Grum i was not referring to you, it was LBD it was aimed at.

Reply Posted by Nicola on Friday June 14 2013 at 15:22
I am good like that Stevo :)

Reply Posted by Charles on Friday June 14 2013 at 15:37
It really is sad that a factory in Barnsley is to close and that people are to be made redundant. However, I certainly do not blame Tesco as they have to ensure, like we all do, that they obtain the best possible price and most efficient service for all the goods and services that they procure. You surely have to believe that Tesco are acting in their own best interest and there is nothing wrong with that.

My belief is that La Baguette Doree (part of Fletchers Bakeries) is owned by venture capitalists who acquired the business from Northern Foods about five or six years ago.

It is unfortunate that the Barnsley factory is too small to accommodate all 'Fletchers' specialist bread production as otherwise it is quite likely that their bakery in London would have closed. The way it appears to have worked out is that jobs lost in Barnsley are being created in London.

It is a great pity and a sad loss that Barnsley is seeing another large (ish) factory closing its doors. Although perhaps all is not lost. Is it not possible that Sam Vickers and the bakery managers could take advantage of the situation and re-open the bakery themselves. Just a thought. After all, the worlds largest producer of scones is located only a stones throw away. Remember fortune favours the brave!

Reply Posted by Grum on Saturday June 15 2013 at 16:35
Another Barnsley firm shutting.
What chance do we have of gerrin a job, cos the int none.

Reply Posted by Jimmy on Tuesday June 25 2013 at 11:42
God help the workforce if they have to see DWP Worker (who posts on here) when they have to sign on. In his or her eyes by losing their jobs they have forfeited the right to be treated as human beings and will be shot forthwith.

Reply Posted by Donald on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 12:20
Worked here a while back. Has anyone thought for a moment that the level of unionisation, complete lack of a can do attitude from 99% of the workforce, lack of willingness to change and anyone actually caring abou doing a good job has led to the losing their job? I sympathise with those who will struggle and did care but for the ones who were there to just cause trouble and stand in the way of progress, look where it has got you.

Reply Posted by teamleader on Friday September 20 2013 at 12:28
But Donald you were a complete ass...

Reply Posted by notsuprised on Tuesday July 16 2013 at 10:17
Hardly suprising, given the state of the place and the extreemly poor standards - washing equipment in the yard etc.Also a union rep who is "mr claim form" if any individual has contributed to this sad closure significantly, other than the weak management over the years its him.

Reply Posted by worker at lbd on Tuesday August 13 2013 at 13:56
the person that put the comment about being glad we,ve lost are jobs come down the factory and till it to are faces coward

Reply Posted by doncaster_gloater on Saturday August 31 2013 at 19:50
liked the last bit if supermarkets can get it a penny cheaper elsewhere they move.......well in that case you should have sold the product a penny cheaper than your market rivals...simples, but I think theres more to it, something like the products you was supplying was garbage, or your workforce wasn't cut out that's why you lost business.......haha much love from Doncaster!!..not

Reply Posted by Tea leader on Friday November 15 2013 at 21:32
Wot a disgusting minging dump, should have shut years ago, on public health grounds

Reply Posted by inworkhappy on Tuesday July 19 2016 at 15:12
Sounds about right the union man Trevor walked like he shat hissen

Reply Posted by Titan on Wednesday October 22 2014 at 07:28
I am boycotting Tesco.

Reply Posted by tom on Saturday June 6 2015 at 15:15
la baguette doree was based in fourth way wembley london supplying bread and cakes to marks and spencer i worked at the bakery for over 12 years as a driver the company closed in 1996 making hundreds of workers and drivers redundant cos of northern food .they brought la baguette doree and move up to barnsley how do you think we felt at the time no job no money thanks to northern foods thats why what go round come around