United Kingdom
North West; Lancashire; Blackpool
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture For Transport Equipment
Manufacture Of Motor Vehicles, Trailers And Semi-Trailers
29.1 - Manufacture of motor vehicles

260 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
25 April 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


In April 2006, 260 workers at Blackpool Sports Car Manufacturer TVR were told they were to lose their jobs. The workforce, which had reached almost 1,000 at the peak of TVR's fortunes in the late 1990s, was told of the shutdown not by the company but by union leaders following a meeting with TVR executives. Neither company owner Mr Smolensky, who has persistently refused all interviews since taking over TVR two years ago, nor company spokesmen were available for comment at the time.

However, after talks with Trade Unions, the firm has decided to remain in Lancashire but move to a new site. This has had the effect of possibly saving the threatened positions. The Union is to hold further talks with company management. Andy Robertson, T&G regional industrial organiser, said: 'We're not out of the woods yet but this looks like positive news after a period of gloom.'


  • 24 April 2006: BBC Website
  • 15 June 2006: BBC Website


Eurofound (2006), TVR, Relocation in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63414, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63414.