United Kingdom
South West; Gloucestershire; Wiltshire and North Somerset
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.82 - Manufacture of cocoa, chocolate and sugar confectionery

160 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 January 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 October 2006


More than a century of chocolate-making in Bristol is to end following the announcement that the Elizabeth Shaw factory is to close. The site at Greenbank in Easton will be sold off for redevelopment. "The original factory is too old to meet the demands of modern efficient production," said director, Paul Keith. Most of the 160-strong workforce at the factory will be made redundant and it is expected that production will finish in Autumn 2006. Senior managers blame rival products being manufactured in Eastern Europe and the need to outsource production of the company's key brands such as Famous Names Chocolate Liqueurs and Elizabeth Shaw Mint Crisps as causes for the decision to close the factory. In its heyday Elizabeth Shaw employed more than 2,500 people.


  • 25 January 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Elizabeth Shaw, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 62823, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/62823.