Over two-fifths of employees from Warburtons’ Pennine Bakery have been made redundant.

Seventy-three members of staff have been faced with compulsory redundancies, following a 90-day consultation period, which ended on 30 December.

The remaining 101 employees have been relocated to other sites or placed in alternative employment, following Warburtons’ decision to close the manufacturing site in Shaw, Oldham, back in September.

A spokesperson from Warburtons explained that it would be a mixture of roles that were to be lost among the bakery site’s 174 employees.

Robert Higginson, managing director of Warburtons, told British Baker’s sister publication The Grocer: “Closing a bakery is the hardest decision a family firm like Warburtons has to make, but these changes to our manufacturing and distribution operations are vital to ensure we can continue to meet the demands of our customers and consumers.”

The family-business has invested in the Pennine Bakery over the years, hiring its first female general manager Vivienne Jones back in November 2010, which employed 188 people at the time. The site has manufactured and distributed some of the business’ most popular products, including its 800g White Medium and 800g Toastie loaves to major supermarkets and independent retailers across north-west England.