United Kingdom
Yorkshire and the Humber; North Yorkshire; North Yorkshire CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation, Postal And Courier Activities
Warehousing And Support Activities For Transportation
52.1 - Warehousing and storage

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


350 workers in North Yorkshire have lost their jobs after DHL, a storage firm, closed down their warehouse in Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Selby. DHL started making redundancies in April when supermarket chain Somerfield stopped using the warehouse in Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Selby. The majority of the warehouse's 900 employees have already been laid-off. But a big new contract to keep the site running fell through earlier this month and the remaining 350 staff clocked off for the last time on Friday. Brian Anderson, the Transport and General Workers' Union's industrial organiser, said the job losses were 'devastating'. He said the workers were committed to the firm and enjoyed working there, so the situation was 'very, very sad'. Somerfield stopped using the £30m distribution site when it sold 171 of its Kwik Save stores. It was hoped that Huddersfield-based firm BTTF would take it on, but Mr Anderson said the cost of running the massive site was too great for a small operator like BTTF, who have now set up a warehouse in the north-east.



Eurofound (2006), DHL, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63554, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63554.