Sinclair redundancies hit as centralising starts at Ellesmere Port

William Sinclair Horticulture is closing plants to relocate at its new £50m base in Cheshire, with almost 100 job losses proposed.

William Sinclair Horticulture has announced the planned consolidation of the company's English operations at its recently opened and extended production facility in Ellesmere Port which is expected to result in the closure of its Bolton Fell (Carlisle) bark plant, Astley Moss peat bog near Manchester and Beevor Street, Lincoln storage facility.

Under the proposal, production of chemicals and fertilisers would continue at the company’s Firth Road, Lincoln site; however the head office, growing media and central admin functions would transfer to Ellesmere Port.

Sinclair says it has incurred losses after the poor peat harvest of 2012 and the enforced closure of Bolton Fell under a compulsory purchase order from Natural England.

The company is "seeking to streamline" its supply chain, technical and marketing departments after turnaround specialist Stuart Burgin replaced Peter Rush as chief executive this March.

Burgin said; "It is regrettable that our proposed restructuring process will mean some job losses but we must increase efficiency, find economies and release non-core assets."

Some 74 jobs will be lost at Lincoln (across two sites) plus nine at Bolton Fell, three at Astley Moss and 20 at Ellesmere Port.

Marketing director Simon McArdle said a 45 day consultation started on 1 June.

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