Bakery packaging supplier Pulse Flexible Packaging to lose 150 jobs

Pulse Flexible Packaging, which supplies businesses including Walkers Shortbread and Samworth Brothers, is to start production again after entering administration earlier this month.

But administrators KPMG have said 152 redundancies will be made across the packaging firm’s two sites in Bury, Lancashire and Saffron Walden, Essex despite manufacturing recommencing.

The administrators confirmed that, due to “overwhelming” support from customers and suppliers, they have been able to restart part-production at the firm’s headquarters in Bury and at its Essex site.

Pulse entered administration on 3 April 2017.

“We are in dialogue with a number of interested parties in the business, and will continue these discussions over the coming days and weeks in the hope of achieving a sale,” said Jonny Marston, joint administrator and restructuring partner at KPMG.

“Unfortunately, however, we have had to make redundancies across the two sites - 152 in total. We are now assisting these employees with their claims for any sums due to them from the Redundancy Payments Service.”

Pulse Packaging, which employs 330 people across both sites, was established in May 2014 when the UK board of directors and pension trustees acquired the UK operations of Printpack Enterprises Limited from Printpack Inc in a management buyout.

The business recorded a turnover of £57.9m and a gross profit of £8.8m for the year ended 31 March 2016. However, it had administration expenses of £5.7m and other charges that contributed to overall profit for the period of £1.7m.

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