Fareva set to lay off around 120 Beeston factory workers as soon as this week, union says

Exterior general view of the D10 Boots building in Thane Road, Beeston, where Fareva manufactures Boots products
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A huge Nottinghamshire factory which makes Boots products is set to make around 120 staff redundant as soon as this week, trade union USDAW says. Fareva, which was owned by Boots and was sold in 2019 but still has headquarters in Beeston, first announced plans to close its factory in the Nottinghamshire town in June, last year.

It is part of plans to move the manufacturing of Boots products to Wales and France, which was stipulated to be due to reduced demand from customers since the coronavirus pandemic. It meant the company had "spare production capacity" at its UK sites.

But recently, Fareva itself has been quiet publicly with regards to proposals, meaning most information has come from the press office at USDAW - the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers. Fareva did say that Beeston-based staff would be given first priority for one of 150 new roles created at the Fillcare factory in Wales, which will take on production duties.

Previously, Broxtowe Borough Council leader Milan Radulovic described it as "very disappointing" that the council had been told "absolutely nothing" by Fareva. He also commented on "the trend of losing major employers" for the area, saying the council was "extremely concerned".

There are around 800 staff employed at Fareva in Beeston, where manufacturing takes place at the huge D10 building on Thane Road. Approximately 120 of these are expected to lose their jobs by the end of May, before the rest are made redundant by the end of June.

Nottinghamshire Live understands that a small number of staff will be kept on to fully close the business down, before they are let go. Boots, which was founded in Nottingham in 1849 by John Boot, has retained manufacturing of its products in some format in Nottinghamshire up until this point for the entirety of the 175 years since it was founded.

It means Boots products such as No7 and Soltan will no longer be made in the county for the first time ever. But while manufacturing will move, Nottinghamshire Live understands that research and development operations for those products will remain at the huge Beeston site.

When plans to close the manufacturing site were announced in July 2023, Fareva said the eleven months until it shut for good would be a "transition period". A consultation period for staff was said to have taken place.

Fareva was contacted for comment. The company previously said it was "fully committed to supporting all colleagues through the process by providing employment support services, counselling and links to other local manufacturers with available roles".