United Kingdom
South West; Dorset and Somerset; Somerset
Location of affected unit(s)
Information / Communication
Publishing Of Information; Production And Programming Of Audiovisual
Publishing Activities
58 - Publishing activities

287 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
90 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
26 April 2008
Employment effect (start)
26 April 2008
Foreseen end date


Butler and Tanner Printers Ltd, a firm that operates in the printing and publishing sector, has announced that it is to close its site in Frome in Somerset with the loss of 287 jobs. The job losses will take immediate effect from 26th April 2008. The announcement of the closure of the site follows negotiations between the Unite trade union and management at Butler and Tanner that were taking place at the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) in Bristol.

On 17 July 2008 it was announced that Butler and Tanner had been bought by Felix Dennis. The new company will be named Butler, Tanner and Dennis, and 90 of the former staff of Butler and Tanner will be re-employed.


  • 26 April 2008: BBC News
  • 17 July 2008: BBC News


Eurofound (2008), Butler and Tanner Printers Ltd, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 66579, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/66579.