Gloucestershire

Wotton-under-Edge jobs lost as printing firm goes bust

Nearly 70 workers have lost their jobs after a printing company went into administration and closed its factory in Gloucestershire.

Administrators for Orchestra Wotton said they were unable to find a buyer for the business.

The Wotton-under-Edge plant was part of the Orchestra Group, which specialises in marketing and communications.

However, the data service branch of the group - Orchestra Bristol - has been bought out saving 122 jobs.

A spokesman for administrators Grant Thornton said immediate closure was the only practical course of action, as there was "no funding to pay wages and salaries going forward and only a very limited order book for the foreseeable future".

A meeting was taking place on Friday between the Unite union and 50 members of the 68-strong workforce who are fighting for a proper pay-off after being told they were only able to claim statutory redundancy.

Union spokesman Trevor Hall said: "I feel this is disgraceful because the company knew this was coming and should have looked after their most important investment - their workforce."

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