More jobs are lost as companies close

PUBLISHED: 11:46 16 January 2009 | UPDATED: 21:40 31 May 2010

This shop in Cross Street, Saffron Walden now stands empty after Cardfair closed this week    Picture: Alistair Nelson

This shop in Cross Street, Saffron Walden now stands empty after Cardfair closed this week Picture: Alistair Nelson

LINTON S biggest employer announced on Monday that it would be cutting 90 jobs in a week that has seen a string of businesses in the Reporter s area hit by the credit crunch. Pork processing company Dalehead Foods, part of the Tulip group, will close th

LINTON'S biggest employer announced on Monday that it would be cutting 90 jobs in a week that has seen a string of businesses in the Reporter's area hit by the credit crunch.

Pork processing company Dalehead Foods, part of the Tulip group, will close their abattoir on Cambridge Road. About 365 permanent staff are currently employed on the site.

Managing director John Hughes said: "There is no getting away from the fact that this is very disappointing news for everyone associated with the Linton site. I can assure you that it is in no way a reflection on the skill and dedication of the workforce."

Cllr John Batchelor, who represents Linton on South Cambridgeshire District Council, said: "Dalehead Foods is a key business in our community and the news comes as a real blow - this is a worrying time for all companies."

Saffron Walden shops are also suffering. Following the closure of Woolworths last week, another town centre chain has left another shop standing empty while an independent shop has announced its closure.

Card and gift shop Cardfair, which has been on Cross Street for more than a decade, closed its doors on Saturday making five staff unemployed.

Manager Aaron Smith, 23, who has worked at the store for more than two years, said: "Obviously I'm very disappointed that the shop has closed and redundancies have been made. It's completely the wrong time of year to be looking for a new job."

The Celebrations Group, which owns Cardfair, went into administration in October and 74 of its shops were bought by Card Factory. Administrators were unable to find a buyer for the remaining stores, including the Saffron Walden branch.

Independent gift-ware retailer Weavers on Church Street has also announced that it will be closing down. The shops 25-year history will come to an end at 1.30pm on Saturday January 31.

Manager Melody Carter, who has worked at Weavers since 1990, said: "We have decided to close the store for a number of reasons, but the bursting of the economic bubble has underlined that decision."

Weavers specialises in selling quality-made British ceramics but the business has suffered following the sale of British producers to foreign companies and the demise of manufactures such as Wedgewood and Spode.

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