Dozens of Peterborough jobs to go as Coca Cola European Partners announces site closure

Nearly 60 jobs in Peterborough are under threat after Coca Cola European Partners announced they would be leaving the city.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 1:36 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 1:47 pm
The Coca Cola hub in Peterborough

The firm, which runs a customer hub in Morley Way, Woodston, said they would be closing the site in June this year, with the loss of 59 jobs.

A spokesman for Coca Cola European Partners said: “The lease at our Peterborough office comes to an end this June and this has prompted us to review the services we operate from this site.

“As a result of this review, we are considering moving these activities to our facilities in Milton Keynes and Uxbridge.

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“If these proposed changes are implemented they could result in the total loss of 59 roles, and the site would close in June 2020. At the same time we expect to create 31 additional roles in other locations, providing potential redeployment opportunities for impacted colleagues. We are now consulting on the proposals with our colleagues and their representative bodies.

“We are proud of our long standing links with Peterborough and have not made these proposals lightly. We know today’s news will be upsetting for our people at Peterborough and we will offer our full support through this consultation process and seek to minimise any redundancies that may result from this proposed restructure.”

The firm said that at the site ‘we work with our customers across GB to connect them to all the great products and services that Coca-Cola European Partners offer. Working alongside our Field Sales Teams we regularly consult with over 100,000 customers to help them develop their Soft Drink Category Sales, by advising on the best range for their outlet and providing access to additional support such as equipment or point of sale material. We’re committed to providing the best possible customer experience in helping our partners develop their business with us.”

The announcement comes just a few months after hundreds of jobs were lost in the city when travel operator Thomas Cook went out of business.