European Union
Location of affected unit(s)
France, UK
Manufacture Of Tobacco Products
Manufacture Of Tobacco Products
12 - Manufacture of tobacco products

900 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 April 2014
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 May 2016


In April 2014, the UK cigarette manufacturing multinational, Imperial Tobacco Group (35,000 employees world-wide) announced 900 job cuts with the closure of cigarette factories in Nottingham (UK) and Carquefou near Nantes (France). The reorganization plan will reduce the workforce by 900. Employee representatives have been informed and consultation processes are underway. "A comprehensive range of measures to support employees will be discussed as part of the consultations", explained the company management. The aim is to "secure the sustainable future of the business" by saving £300 million a year from September 2018. About 540 jobs will be lost in Nottingham and 360 in Carquefou.


  • 16 April 2014: Le Figaro
  • 15 April 2014: Libération
  • 15 April 2014: Imperial Tobacco (Press release)
  • 15 April 2014: Les Echos


Eurofound (2014), Imperial Tobacco, Closure in European Union, factsheet number 76954, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/76954.