Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
North West; Greater Manchester;
Location of affected unit(s)
Middleton,Greater Manchester, Hull, Barrow and Bradford
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Pharamceuticals
Manufacture Of Chemicals And Chemical Products
20.41 - Manufacture of soap and detergents, cleaning and polishing preparations

400 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 June 2014
Employment effect (start)
30 June 2014
Foreseen end date


McBride, a Manchester-based UK manufacturing of household and personal care products, has announced an internal restructure of the business that will result in a cut of around 400 jobs. The announcement follows a strategic review of operations in a bid to improve profitability. The reduction of 400 jobs will represent one-quarter of the entire workforce, which is currently comprised out of 1,600 workers. The company is head-quartered in Greater Manchester, which has a workforce of 800. In terms of manufacturing, the main factory is located in Middleton. Other UK-based factores are located in Hull, Barrow and Bradford.

The company has begun consultation with its employees, having indicated that none of the four UK sites would shut down completely. However, the factories located in Hull and Barrow were expected to suffer the largest brunt of the job losses. The group also employs around 5,000 workers at 17 factories across Europe, China and Vietnam, but the company has said that they have no plans to transfer any jobs offshore.

According to the sources, the Big Four supermarket chains of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Asda and Morrisons have been engaged in battles to attempt to gain market share. This UK supermarket price war has been linked to problems with the McBride's declining sales performance, as companies in the supply chain of the major supermarkets are caught up in the grocery price war.

ERM reported on a previous restructuring event in 2011.


  • 30 June 2014: This is Money
  • 30 June 2014: Manchester Evening News


Eurofound (2014), McBride, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 77281, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/77281.