The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers’ Union resumed talks with management at the Park Cakes bakery in Bolton this week in a bid to stave off 40 job losses.

As British Baker went to press, the union was set to hear the company’s response to its proposals for saving the jobs.

The union had offered greater flexibility, including changes to shift patterns, job sharing and moving some workers temporarily to the company’s other plant in Oldham.

Ian Hodson, the union’s district secretary in Preston, told British Baker he was still hopeful that jobs could be saved and gave the company credit for "being receptive and happy to consider our proposals".

Hodson said that there was "less call on certain shifts" and therefore scope to revise shift patterns. The union had also suggested moving some workers to Oldham because it felt that many of these skilled workers would be needed again at the Bolton plant later this year.