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Determined effort to save Confectionery Manufacturer jobs

A Sweet company which is looking to move its manufacturing operations out of Skegness has welcomed recent discussions with two Lincolnshire authorities.

Following the announcement that Glisten Confectionery wants to relocate manufacturing from Skegness with the majority going to Leicester and the remaining to the Czech Republic, a meeting has now taken place with representatives of both Lincolnshire County Council and East Lindsey District Council.

Both authorities would like to see the company remain in Skegness.

The proposal made by the company could effect all 92 jobs at the Heather Road site.

All staff are currently being consulted and if the proposal goes ahead, the transfer of sites will be made at the end of the year.

Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council, said it was a positive meeting.

He said: "The next step will be for us to look at how we could help them expand their operations here in Skegness, while also developing a workforce with the skills needed for the future.

"I believe Lincolnshire is becoming an increasingly attractive place in which businesses can invest and innovate, and we'd love to see Glisten remain a part of that story."

Councillor Craig Leyland, executive member for economic regeneration at East Lindsey District Council, added: "It's vital that we do all we can to keep these jobs in Skegness.

"If they were to be lost, it wouldn't just be the staff directly involved who'd be affected – there'd also be an impact on the supply chain and the wider community.

"For that reason, we'll be offering our support to the company to help them find a way forward here on the coast."

Following the meeting, the councils will now be working on their proposal for the company.

Mark Adcock, managing director at Glisten said: ""We welcomed the discussions with the county council and district council last week, which enabled us to explain in detail the reasons behind our proposal and listen carefully to their views and concerns, which we are taking into consideration as part of this extensive consultation process. We look forward to receiving their thoughts from that meeting and maintaining an open dialogue with them throughout this consultation period."

Source: - 5 September 2013