Tonbridge MP unveils guide for hundreds of employees set to lose jobs at Southern Salads ‘due to Brexit’

PUBLISHED: 17:15 17 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:15 17 August 2017

Tom Tugendhat

Tom Tugendhat


Tom Tugendhat said the local response “demonstrates what a caring community Tonbridge is”

Hundreds of employees in Tonbridge set to lose their jobs at a popular food supplier which this week entered administration have received a ‘help sheet’ from the town’s MP to get them back on the employment ladder.

It was announced on Wednesday night that Southern Salads would cease trading immediately, consigning some 260 people to the local job centre.

Administrators cited leaving the European Union as a major reason for the firm’s plight, as the weak pound meant it struggled to buy overseas-grown salads which were required during the winter months - though Kent MEP and Brexiteer Janice Atkinson insisted it was down to the company being “run badly”.

Now, Tonbridge and Malling MP Tom Tugendhat has produced a document - more than 1,300 words in length - outlining potential job opportunities locally as well as help and advice on the redundancy process and how to claim benefits.

He said: “This is a sad time for all employees who have lost their jobs, as well as friends and families. The closure happened very suddenly and will be a blow to Tonbridge.

“I’ve spent the day working with the administrators, Tonbridge Jobcentre, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council and the directors of Southern Salads to establish what support is available.

“I’ve also produced a guide which I hope will be helpful to all.

“I’m particularly grateful to all the businesses and charities who have offered advice and job opportunities, and detailed of these opportunities are on my website.

“The level of support locally has been excellent and demonstrates what a caring community Tonbridge is.”

The help sheet is available to view here.

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