Humax faces 50% job cuts

Scotts Miracle-Gro says 13 jobs may be lost from the 27 employed at Cumbria-based Humax, which Scotts bought last month.

Jobs may go in the harvesting, production and logistics activities on Solway Moss and the Gretna production site after a consultation period ends.

Scotts consumer business manager Martin Breddy said he hopes that any job losses will be through voluntary redundancies:

"While we regret any job losses, in the current climate such measures are necessary to safeguard the viability of this business as a long term proposition and the livelihood of the remaining staff."

Scotts Miracle-Gro has a network of four production sites in mainland Britain.

Industry insiders suggest Humax may have cost around £5 million

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