Redundancy: 'It's like a new lease of life'

What happens if you're made redundant? One minute you're in a steady job - the next minute, your employer is showing you the door.

How do you cope with the shock, and the sense of loss and betrayal?

And is it possible to bounce back?

Ryan Plews, from Yarm, now runs his own brand consultancy after being made redundant from a design agency in 2012.

"For me it's like a new lease of life," he says. "I always think you get too comfortable."

Ryan Plews with his daughter Jasmine and son Brodie
Ryan Plews
Redundancy helped Stoke council worker become an author
The former council worker is a writer who has sold more than a million copies of her books.

St Merryn Meats faces closure with 173 jobs at risk

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornish food processing company St Merryn Meats is under threat of closure, with the potential loss of 173 jobs.

Managers of the factory in Roche have entered a 45-day consultation period with the Usdaw union, but no definite decision about the plant's future has been made.

St Merryn Meats

St Merryn Meats is owned by Kepak and makes chilled meat products such as burgers for a variety of different brands.

An Usdaw spokesman said the closure would be devastating for the area and the union's priority would be to save jobs.

The news follows the confirmation that Kensey Foods in Launceston will close in July with the loss of more than 600 jobs.

This is devastating news for all of those who could be affected by Kepak’s proposals. Usdaw is meeting with the company in the coming weeks to understand and challenge the business case for the proposed site closure. Our priority is to save jobs and we will also explore redeployment opportunities, for those at risk of redundancy, possibly at the Bodmin or Merthyr sites.”

David CliftUsdaw Area Organiser