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Batley Silentnight bed factory: Jobs go as closure confirmed

Silentnight Batley sign
Image caption Two hundred jobs will go at the Silentnight factory in Batley as production is transferred to Lancashire

A bed-making factory in West Yorkshire which employs 200 people will close within 12 weeks, staff have been told.

Silentnight broke the news to workers at its Rest Assured factory in Batley at the end of a three-month consultation process.

Production will move to the company's site in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, where about 100 jobs are being created.

Silentnight said it would help to find other roles within the company for staff who were being made redundant.

Chairman Adrian Fawcett said a fall in sales meant the company had to "establish a sound platform for future development from a base where both our production capacity and costs are aligned with realistic sales opportunities".

'Hammer blow'

"Full closure of Batley will be completed by the end of April and the site vacated," he said.

"The consequences of this decision on all our employees at Batley, many of whom have given many years of service to the group, is greatly regretted."

The Batley factory opened in 1898.

When the consultation started last October Peter O'Neill, Labour councillor for Batley West, said the closure of the factory would be a "hammer blow" to the town.

"With all these people out of their jobs, their families will suffer," he said.

"It is devastating news and we are going to suffer as a community."

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