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11 October 2018

Statement regarding consultation over redundancies at Cooper Tire, Melksham, announced 10 October

Wiltshire Council will be part of a multi-agency taskforce working closely with Cooper Tire in Melksham following the news of the consultation regarding potential redundancies at the company.

Alistair Cunningham, Wiltshire Council's Corporate Director Growth, Investment & Place, said: "This is clearly an uncertain time for those Cooper Tire employees who are at risk of redundancy and we will be doing all we can to support them both during and after the consultation. A multi-agency taskforce has been set up and is ready to offer a range of practical help which will include training, skills development and help finding new employment.

"There are a number of major employers in the area and there is a high demand for skilled workers.

"Wiltshire Council has strong links with Cooper Tire and we will continue to work closely with them to help secure the business's long-term future in the area."

Paddy Bradley, the director of Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "We will work with Wiltshire Council and other partners to help manage the impact of the proposed job losses at Cooper Tire in Melksham. 

"We are keen to enable such a highly skilled workforce to find employment within Swindon and Wiltshire and offset the impact on the community and economy. We will offer information, advice and guidance to those affected."

Last updated: 16 October 2018 | Last reviewed: 16 October 2018

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