Unwins is moving to a leased purpose-built site. The seed company, which Westland Horticulture bought in 2004, will shed around six jobs as a result.
Its Unwin family-owned sites at Histon, Wisbech and Chester will close (HW, 17 February). The new site is a leased building at Alconbury Cross near Huntingdon.
Managing director Martin Brown said the company will start the move in July and it will cost “a couple of hundred thousand” to complete. He added that the Histon site is close to being sold for development. Staff have been asked to move to Alconbury, which Brown says is commutable from Histon and Wisbech. He said the reaction of the staff had been “muted — what do you expect?”. He added: “We’re trying to take as many as we can. There will be duplication of jobs, perhaps 10 per cent. We’re trying to run a business. We’ll not be paying three rents, three insurances, three lots of overheads and we’ll all be talking to each other. It’s the next step. Look at Thompson & Morgan, Mr Fothergill’s and Suttons — they’re not run off three sites. This will take us to the next step with everybody under one roof. There are a lot of synergies. We’ll be growing the business substantially in the next few years and that will mean 70 more jobs.”
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