80 job at risk at pie-maker Wrights - there's not enough work for everyone
Around 80 jobs are at risk at pie-maker Wrights due to the knock-on effect of the coronavirus crisis.
The food manufacturer has written to its 650-strong workforce to warn there is not enough work for everyone at its bakery and cake factory in Crewe.
The family-run company - which was set up in Stoke-on-Trent in 1926 - is now looking at ways of avoiding compulsory redundancies.
It produces more than 3.5 million savoury products a week – including a new vegan range - which are then supplied to more than a third of clubs in the English Football League and other customers.
Chairman and chief executive Peter Wright explained that while some areas have boomed during lockdown, this has not been enough to offset the downturn in the airline sector.
He told CheshireLive: “Companies have been affected everywhere and in our business it’s the airline sector.
"We have been doing food for the airline sector for about four or five years, but the airlines are suffering.”
He added: “That [business] is unlikely to come back this year. We’re hopeful it will in March next year maybe but we don’t know. We can look to re-employ people if it comes back."
Last year, Wrights’ turnover has increased by 17.5 per cent to £60 million and staff numbers have grew 10 per cent.
Mr Wright, the great-grandson of the firm’s founder John Wright, said the company is devastated to be having to consider redundancies - having never done it before.
In the letter to employees the ...
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