Rest Assured’s Batley factory is to close with production moving to the Silentnight factory at Barnoldswick. While up to 100 jobs will be created at Barnsoldwick, 250 jobs will be lost at Rest Assured.
Silentnight Group says its has too much manufacturing capacity and Barnsoldwick can handle production for the Silentnight Beds, Layezee and Rest Assured brands.
‘We are operating in an extremely tough climate for consumer-facing businesses and Barnoldswick is large enough to potentially absorb the forecast production requirements of both these facilities,’ says Adrian Fawcett, Silentnight Group chairman.
‘It is with great regret, therefore, that we are now having to consider the closure of Batley. We are extremely grateful to the hard work of all our colleagues at the factory over the years and we will do our utmost to support our people should they have to move on.
‘We are, however, very pleased that Barnoldswick will remain at the heart of our business and are delighted that Lancashire County Council has been instrumental in making this happen. We hope that this can be the start of a long-term working relationship that will bring major benefits to the local economy as well as enabling Silentnight to build on its market-leading position.’
‘We’ve agreed a support package for the company which they’ve confirmed will lead to significant new investment in Barnoldswick including the creation of new jobs. Most of all I’m pleased for the workers and their families, whose skill and commitment no doubt played a big part in the company’s decision,’ says Geoff Driver, leader of Lancashire County Council.
Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendel says: ‘Following the change of owners at Silentnight earlier this year I met with bosses at the Barnoldswick site in July. At the meeting they set out their desire to modernise Silentnight and invest in the business, partly through the rationalisation of their three manufacturing sites across the UK. Following the meeting, Pendle Council, Lancashire County Council and myself set about making the strongest possible case for the Barnoldswick site, which currently employs 600 people. We argued that not only was this a great site, but that there was also significant potential to expand and grow their operations in Barnoldswick.’
In a statement the group said it will also be developing its sales and support service areas to better meet changing customer needs. ‘In practical terms this will mean new investment for the business in people at Barnoldswick as well as new marketing and trade support for 2012 to support a planned upgraded range and product portfolio.’
The group has entered into a 90 day consultation period with the Rest Assured employees.