BOROUGH chiefs have pledged to support up to 240 staff who lost their jobs when an Ellesmere Port sandwich firm plunged into administration.
Gibsons Foods’ main production site in Portside South closed last week after workers were told they were being made redundant.
It is believed the company lost a major contract with Sayers before Christmas and missed out on deals with high-profile retailers.
Borough MP Andrew Miller said he was “disappointed” Gibsons had failed to contact him about its financial problems and sympathised with staff.
Jobcentre Plus said it has been working closely with the affected workers to provide help and support.
Mr Miller said: “I was told by the Jobcentre that Gibsons has gone into receivership.
“I have been concerned about the business for a while. My sympathy goes to the staff.”
He added: “I’m disappointed that when some companies are in trouble they don’t contact the likes of myself, the Regional Development Agency or the local authority.
“This is an example of how vitally important it is that, when potential threats to people’s livelihood emerge, we start talking early to make every effort to try to save the business or, if it’s going to go under, we get experts in to deal with the situation.”
A Department for Works and Pensions spokesman said: “Staff at Jobcentre Plus have been working closely with Gibsons’ employees by providing information, advice and guidance on job searches, claiming benefits and training opportunities.
“Jobcentre Plus is also working with a range of partners including Ellesmere Port and Neston Borough Council to provide help and support to local people who are to be made redundant.”
Insolvency practitioners Wilson Field, based in Sheffield, are dealing with the company’s affairs and are expected to make an announcement this week.
When the Pioneer contacted Gibsons, which has been running for 30 years, an answerphone message said the office was closed.