Are Britax jobs under threat?

Britax main office on the Bessingby industrial eastate set to move to Leeds Factory NBFP PA1545-16a

Britax main office on the Bessingby industrial eastate set to move to Leeds Factory NBFP PA1545-16a

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Jobs could be at risk if a vehicle lighting manufacturer relocates its Bridlington factory to elsewhere in Yorkshire.

Staff at Britax PMG Ltd, on Bessingby Industrial Estate, are worried their livelihoods could be under threat after a planning application was made to Leeds City Council.

Britax factory units on the Bessingby industrial eastate set to move to Leeds Factory NBFP PA1545-16c

Britax factory units on the Bessingby industrial eastate set to move to Leeds Factory NBFP PA1545-16c

The proposal outlines plans for a major new development in the city, which will see the construction of a factory to manufacture and distribute “electrical products for the agricultural / construction and automotive industries” near Coal Road.

A chief planning officer’s report reads: “Presently, the business has two offices including a larger premises in Bridlington and one in Leeds, employing 85 staff.”

Ecco Safety Group, the parent company of Britax, has offices in both of these locations.

The report continues: “A substantial amount of the company is being relocated from East Yorkshire and staff on site will include technical product designers, engineers, manufacturing and logistics workers.”

Now staff at the factory, which celebrated its 50th anniversary of Bridlington based manufacturing in 2013, are worried for their future.

One unnamed employee told the Free Press: “We keep getting told there are no firm plans, we just don’t know what’s happening.

“I don’t think anyone would move from Bridlington to Leeds just to keep their job at Britax. They would spend a good portion of their wages just getting there.

“We want them to stay in Bridlington. It’s a big part of the town - it’s up there with the area’s biggest employers.”

A spokesman for Britax confirmed the company is looking to relocate to a new site in Leeds, but any potential move would not start until 2016.

They added: “With this in mind, over the coming months, reviews will be undertaken to assess opportunities to improve efficiencies across all our UK sites.

“This may result in some areas of the business being consolidated and moved to a new site. However, as yet, no final decision has been made, and before any final decision is taken a full and proper review across all areas of the business will be undertaken.

“Any potential move or new build project would not start till early 2016 and then could take another 12 - 18 months to complete. A significant amount of analysis, consultation and data gathering will be undertaken and considered before any firm decisions are made.”