United Kingdom
East Midlands; Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire; Nottingham
Location of affected unit(s)
New Basford
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20.4 - Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations, perfumes and toilet preparations
New offshoring locations
Thailand, Indonesia

160 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
8 February 2005
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Imperial leather soap maker PZ Cussons is to close its Nottingham plant with the loss of 160 jobs. The plant in New Basford will be shut by 2007 and the company will transfer production to a new factory in Thailand and an existing plant in Indonesia. The group said the decision was down to changing markets. Bosses said two-thirds of the market for bar soap was now in Asia, with customers in the UK increasingly buying liquid soap products. Staff at the Nottingham plant were told about the restructuring on 8 February 2005 and the company has now begun consultations with trade unions.


  • 9 February 2005: The Guardian
  • 8 February 2005: BBC News


Eurofound (2005), PZ Cussons, Offshoring/Delocalisation in United Kingdom, factsheet number 61105, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/61105.