Mid Suffolk District Council has pledged to support all its residents facing redundancy as a result of changes at Bosch’s Lawn & Garden factory in Stowmarket, following the company’s announcement of a restructure that could affect jobs at the site.
Mid Suffolk is preparing to help those affected over the coming months after staff were informed of the planned restructure on Tuesday (28 May).
The support will be tailored to the situation in Stowmarket, which will become clearer over the coming weeks. However in the past Mid Suffolk has organised Support Days for workers with other partners from both the private and public sectors, to ensure those impacted are fully informed about both the support and the opportunities available in the area.
Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, said: “It’s never a pleasant experience to lose a job and in light of the hard work and improvements in efficiency at Bosch over recent years I know this must be a real blow to the men and women who are at risk. We at Mid Suffolk will be there to help them over the coming months, not only in enabling them find the support they need but also in putting them in touch with other local businesses who could use their skills and experience.
“While the news that research and development will continue in Mid Suffolk does show that our district remains an attractive place for businesses and innovation, that certainly won’t take the sting out of the news for Bosch’s current employees. They are part of a highly skilled and committed workforce, and we’ll be working to make sure their skills won’t be lost and can be put to work in new roles as swiftly as possible.”