The collapse of bakery firm Cooplands will be a huge loss for Doncaster, civic leaders have said today.
The company was yesterday placed into administration with the loss of 303 jobs. Its head office andf factory in Wharf Road, Doncaster as well as 39 stores across the region will shut.
Now civic leaders have spoken of their shock following the announcement.
Rosie Winterton MP, who’s Doncaster Central constituency Cooplands’ head office is located in said: “It’s terrible news, particularly for the staff who will lose their jobs, but also for Doncaster. Cooplands is a well-known business, and has a big presence here in the borough.
“I’d urge the company to now do everything possible to help the staff affected find alternative work.”
Ros Jones, the mayor of Doncaster said: “This is very sad news and my thoughts are with the affected staff at Cooplands and their families.
“It is always difficult to see a local employer suffer from trading problems, but to lose such a well known and established local company as Cooplands is particularly disappointing.”
Mrs Jones addee that Doncaster Council will work with Jobcentre Plus to help affected workers find new jobs.
We exclusively revealed last week that Cooplands staff were facing the axe because of the comnpany’s mounting losses.
Adminsitrators Deloiite was yesterday appointed as administrators for Cooplands.
Business restructuring specialist Resolve has bought 41 branches from Deloitte, saving more than 260 jobs.