United Kingdom
East Midlands; Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire; Derby
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Basic Pharmaceutical Products And Pharmaceutical Preparations
21 - Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations
New offshoring locations

124 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 February 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2005


About 120 British workers who make corn plasters and other Scholl footcare products are to lose their jobs and see the work transferred to a plant in India where costs are lower. SSL plans to close the Derby factory that employs 124 people but it still has four manufacturing sites in the UK. It makes over-the-counter products at factories in Guernsey and County Durham, has a condom-making plant in Cambridge and a site in Redruth, Cornwall. Work will be wound down this year and the plant is expected to close in December 2005.The firm already has a manufacturing plant in India and the footcare products will soon be made there. The SSL move follows years of the steady loss of UK manufacturing jobs to the far east, such as at Dyson vacuum cleaners and Waterford Wedgwood China. A spokesman for SSL could not say how many of its staff are now employed in India.


  • 2 February 2005: The Guardian


Eurofound (2005), Scholl, Offshoring/Delocalisation in United Kingdom, factsheet number 61081, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/61081.