Borders MP Calum Kerr has offered his help following last week’s announcement that the Jus-Rol factory in Berwick has been earmarked for closure, with the loss of 265 jobs.
The announcement by General Mills has caused shock waves on both sides of the border.
The Jus Rol company started life in Coldstream in 1954 manufacturing frozen pastry, before moving to bigger premises in Berwick. The Berwick factory has been operated by General Mills since 2001.
Calum Kerr, the MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, said: “This news clearly comes as a huge blow to the town and it is going to be a deeply worrying time for the workforce and their families.
“The plant itself is on the English side of the border, but any closure would have a knock-on effect in Scotland – not least because some of the employees will live in my constituency and through spending, contribute to our own local economy.
“My MP counterpart for Berwick will obviously take the lead on this, and that’s absolutely right and proper. However, I’m keen to help if and where I can, as is my MSP colleague Paul Wheelhouse.
“I’ve already been in touch with the Scottish Government to see if it can offer assistance for members of the workforce living in Scotland through its PACE programme, which proves practical help for people facing redundancy.
“It has told me it is ready and willing to provide this support. Let’s just hope that the situation can be resolved and that these jobs can be preserved.”
Berwick county councillor Gavin Jones said: “This is disastrous news for Berwick, the employees and their families.”