Jobs joy after Flint factory takeover


Jamie Nield-Siddall

DELIGHTED workers whose jobs were on the line are now “looking forward to the future” following a factory takeover.

The 138 staff at the Creative Foods factory in Flint are said to be “relieved” knowing they will now keep their jobs after it was announced on Tuesday that Leeds-based David Wood Baking had completed the buyout of the factory from parent company Brakes Group.

The news was met with joy from staff at the Aber Industrial Estate plant who are full of praise for the new owners, saying they are ready to pay them back for saving their jobs through hard work.

Technical manager Geraint Hood, of Flint, started working at the factory 12 months ago. 

He said he was “gutted” when Brakes Food announced plans to close in April, adding that this week’s buyout confirmation has come as a huge relief to staff, some of whom have dedicated more than 20 years to the factory.

“It’s a massive positive for the staff. North Wales isn’t a great area for jobs,” he said.

“It was so important to keep their jobs. It’s also so important to the local economy.”

Father-of-two Mr Hood described the takeover as “a win”.

He added: “Speaking to my team, they are all really pleased and they are relieved.

“A lot of the staff have worked here for 20 years plus.

“One worker, Jayne Haywood, has worked here since it opened in 1986 and for her it was quite a daunting prospect going out and finding another job.

“For a lot of people who work here, it is all they have ever known.

“It is not easy to find a job in this area and for people who have worked here a long time it has been a big worry.”

Mr Hood said David Wood Baking “has a long-term plan” for the ready meals factory and staff members are looking forward to the future.

Site manager Glen Annison, from Chester, has praised the new owners and staff members following the takeover.

“All of the staff were very positive throughout. They knew David Wood was keen on buying the business,” he said.

“One of the reasons they have bought the business was the positivity of the staff.

“Some of the staff have worked here for more than 20 years and we were all very concerned about them.”

A spokesman for David Wood Baking said the takeover of the Aber Park site was completed on July 4.

Now the purchase has been completed, the factory will continue to operate and staff will become employees of David Wood Baking.

A spokesman for Creative Foods also praised staff for their “dedicated support over the years” and wished them and David Wood Baking every success in the future.

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