Boots manufacturer that once employed hundreds of workers on verge of historic closure

BCM Fareva, Thane Road, Beeston
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A Nottinghamshire factory that had once employed hundreds of workers to make Boots products has now been whittled down to just dozens of staff ahead of its poignant closure. French company Fareva, which makes various products for Beeston-based Boots, is on the verge of closing its factory at the health and beauty giant's Thane Road compound - which only last year employed hundreds of people.

Under a plan that was announced last year, products like No7 and Soltan that had been made within the historic D10 building on Boots' site will now be manufactured in Welsh and French factories. The Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (USDAW) has now told Nottinghamshire Live that just 30 factory operatives remain on site to complete the factory's last orders, with the volunteers possibly remaining into August.

When this concludes it will mark the end of all Boots manufacturing in Nottinghamshire for the first time since John Boot founded the company in 1849. Approximately 124 operatives were made redundant at the end of June, a Usdaw representative explained, with Nottinghamshire Live understanding the business had once employed 800 staff at the site.

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Fareva previously said the business’ product testing service, research and development, commercial and procurement activities would continue to operate from the current site. It is understood around 100 staff in various roles and functions will remain stationed within the D10 building.

Last year the firm justified the move away from Nottinghamshire by citing reduced demand from customers, which had moved production in-house or needed fewer products post Covid. This drop in demand had resulted in both its UK sites having spare production capacity, a spokesperson said.

Manufacturing for Boots was previously carried out by BCM, a company under the ownership of Boots' parent company, the Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). WBA sold BCM, which had been part of Boots since 1883, to Fareva in November 2017.