150 food firm staff lose jobs after receivers are called in

ALL 150 staff at a frozen food factory in North Tyneside have lost their jobs after it was put into administration.

Workers at Longbenton Foods, best known for making Findus crispy pancakes, have been laid off by administrator Grant Thornton as it looks to find a buyer for the Benton Lane business.

North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon had been fighting to keep the factory open, so she was bitterly disappointed by the news.

She said: “I am really sorry that Longbenton Foods has gone into administration. The workers there have been in limbo for weeks, not knowing if they had a job or not.”

Managing director Geir Frantzen said: “It is sad news. Nobody wants to be out of work in the current economic climate. We tried so hard but didn’t succeed.

“I hope the factory can be taken over as a going concern.”

The factory, pictured, only reopened a year ago last month after being hit by fire in 2009.

Mrs Glindon added: “One North East gave the company over £2m in grants to help get the business back on its feet after the fire in 2009, so I think we need to see what can be done, possibly with new investors.

“Apparently, there were plenty of orders but no supplies.”