Top employer to move out of Highbridge

PUBLISHED: 14:00 12 February 2017

Brakes in Highbridge will close.

Brakes in Highbridge will close.

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One of the biggest employers in Highbridge is set to leave the town, which will result in job losses.

Brakes Group, which is a leading food wholesaler, will shut its warehouse site on the Isleport Business Park in the town, after it acquired a new site in Portbury.

A spokesman for the firm confirmed all 200 staff have been given the opportunity to move to the Portbury site but it understands some people will have to find alternative employment.

There is not yet a confirmed closing date but Highbridge councillor John Parkes told the Mercury the loss of this major employer is a concern, especially for young people in the town and with more homes planned.

He said: “It really concerns me because the aim of Highbridge’s development is to increase employment and regeneration.

“I am all for employing local people – especially young people – and we need to make sure we have the tools to do that. The fact remains that Highbridge is getting more houses and so needs more investment in the town. I want to know what Sedgemoor District Council is going to do about it.”

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