United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Flintshire and Warrington
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Food, Beverages And Tobacco In Specialised Stores
47.2 - Retail sale of food, beverages and tobacco in specialised stores

350 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
350 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
11 July 2006
Employment effect (start)
11 July 2006
Foreseen end date
30 September 2006


Frozen food chain Iceland has announced its distribution centre in Flintshire will close at the end of September 2006. About 350 jobs will go at the site, and the company will create a similar number at its new centre in Warrington, Cheshire, 23 miles away. The company said a 'significant proportion' of staff were interested in transferring to the new centre but some redundancies were inevitable. A union spokesman said Iceland had rejected its cost reduction proposals. The Transport and General Workers' Union (T&G) said the company had insisted on £2m in cost reductions through cutting pay and terms and conditions or they would move the depot to Warrington. According to the spokesman, the union had put forward a number of plans including proposals earlier on Tuesday which would achieve the £2m target. He added over 250 driver and warehouse staff jobs were now affected and a 24-hour strike starting from midnight on Thursday was a possibility. Further talks over redundancy terms are taking place on Wednesday. Iceland's chief executive Malcolm Walker said: 'We have taken the decision to close Deeside with considerable reluctance, as the result of our failure to achieve agreement with the trade union on wages and working conditions that would have made it viable. Deeside is one of four Iceland depots in the UK, and is by far the least efficient and most expensive to operate.' In March, Iceland shed 80 call centre jobs at its Flintshire headquarters and made 400 staff redundant the previous year.


  • 11 July 2006: BBC Website


Eurofound (2006), Iceland Frozen Foods, Relocation in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63765, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63765.