Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Edinburgh, Twickenham and Sleaford
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.71 - Manufacture of bread; manufacture of fresh pastry goods and cakes

355 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
1 March 2016
Employment effect (start)
1 March 2016
Foreseen end date
31 May 2016


Food manufacturing company Greggs has announced it will close three of its twelve bakeries which will result in the loss of 355 jobs. The bakeries are located in Edinburgh in Scotland, Twickenham in southwest London and Sleaford in Lincolnshire. Greggs is head-quartered in Newcastle in the north of England. The restructure is part of a wider five-year plan to shift the business from selling traditional goods such as sandwiches, sausage rolls and pastries towards a healthier range of ‘food on the go’ such as soups and salads. The company currently has around 1,700 retail shops across the United Kingdom but plans to increase the number of retail shops to 2,000.

UPDATE 09/05/2016: Following the conclusion of the formal consultation process, Greggs has confirmed that the closure of the Sleaford site is underway (as of May 2016). The Twickenham site is due to close in the fourth quarter of 2016, and the factory in Edinburgh will cease production some time in the second quarter of 2017.  


  • 1 March 2016: Reuters
  • 1 March 2016: STV News
  • 1 March 2016: Sleaford Standard
  • 9 May 2016: Food Manufacture


Eurofound (2016), Greggs, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 86650, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86650.