126 jobs under threat at two Devon firms
Two South Devon firms have announced that they are seeking to reduce their headcounts by a combined total of more than 120.
Around 90 jobs are under threat at Torquay-based Creative Foods, which plans to outsource its operations to Taunton.
Creative Foods produces sponge puddings, trifles and traditional British cakes in South Devon while another site in Flint, North Wales, produces meals such as Indian curries and ready meals.
The desserts currently manufactured in Torquay may be produced under licence by Ministry of Cake, part of the Greencore Group, in Taunton.
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Creative Foods said a Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment consultation exercise was underway with all staff.
Torbay Mayor Gordon Oliver is now trying to persuade them to stay.
He toured the unit six months ago and said the council would be contacting the company to see if there was any way of changing their mind.
He said: "Supporting jobs is our number one priority. It is an ideal company for the Watcombe area with most people able to walk to work.
"I was most impressed when I toured the plant. The levels of cleanliness in the workplace were exemplary. I would like to see them encouraged to stay in the Bay."
Meanwhile, Newton Abbot-based engineering firm Centrax has announced it will shed up to 36 positions, just four months after laying off 20 temporary posts.
Director and general manager Tony Wiltshire said: "Unfortunately, we do have to confirm Centrax Turbine Components Ltd has had to announce up to 36 redundancies across its business.
"This has been brought about by a softening of our work schedules resulting in a workload reduction for the balance of 2013.
"We hope to mitigate the effect by seeking volunteers from selected areas and we have commenced a 30-day consultation period with our recognised trade union, Unite."
Unite union spokesman, Mark Richards, said he is aware the company is going through a difficult time and said 'a few volunteers' have come forward to take redundancy already.