300 jobs to come to Grimsby factory

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More than 300 jobs are being created at a Grimsby seafood factory, following the closure of sites elsewhere.

Young’s Seafood says its factories on Humberstone Road and Marsden Road will be taking on 321 staff.

It follows the announcement that Cromer Crab Company is set to close with the loss of 109 jobs, and the majority of its shellfish processing work transferring to Grimsby. Fish and seafood processing from former Cumbrian Seafood sites in Seaham and Whitehaven, which also look set to close, is also moving to Grimsby.

The company says it will prioritise staff facing redundancy for the new jobs.

Chief executive Leendert den Hollander said: “Whilst we recognise that the general economic environment remains challenging, we’re confident that we’re taking the necessary steps to put us on the right track for the future.”

Meanwhile redundancy notices have been served on around 240 workers at a call centre in Hull following the end of a 90-day consultation period.

Some staff have already left Comet’s call centre in George Street, while others are working out their notice. The electrical goods retailer - which was founded in Hull in 1933 - is transferring the work to Clevedon in Bristol. An additional 40 workers have transferred to Comet’s business centre in Hull, which employs around 160 staff.

It was sold earlier this year to retail turnaround firm OpCapita after losses of £22m in the six months to October 31.