Jeyes could cut 85 jobs in Cambridge and Thetford

A cleaning products firm based in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk has announced up to 85 job losses.

Jeyes, which is based in Cambridge with a factory in Thetford, warned clerical and management positions could go over the next 12 months.

The firm said tough economic conditions had led to the "major restructure".

Staff at the company's other bases in Mold, East Kilbride and the Czech Republic are already being consulted over possible job cuts.

Nicholas Goodwin, chief financial officer at Jeyes, said strong competition from around the world had forced the firm to carry out a full review of the business.

"Our business environment is undergoing considerable change and the full detail of how and when those circumstances may affect employees is not yet clear," he said.

"Unfortunately, however, we do expect that these changes will inevitably involve significant reductions in the number of Jeyes employees across the whole business."

'Difficult options'

Jeyes produces cleaning brands such as Parozone, Bloo, Jeyes Fluid and Easy.

It employs 350 people across both the Thetford and Cambridge sites.

As well as cutting staff, the company aims to stop producing "private label products" and to transfer some of its manufacturing operations to supply chain partners.

Mr Goodwin said the firm said no decisions over job losses would be made until after a "full and proper" consultation.

The company also intended to transfer employees and jobs to other parties in its UK supply chain wherever possible, he said.

"We understand the concern that this will undoubtedly cause amongst our hard-working and loyal staff and the local community," he said.

"We, like many other businesses, are facing tough economic conditions and strong competition around the world, so we have to consider some difficult options to deliver better profitability and cash generation in the future."

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