Constructive Talks, But Closure Still Looms

Ramsey Bakery has described talks with the gov as ‘very constructive’ but the business still looks set to close in a matter of weeks.

Clare Barber met with directors yesterday after the announcement last weekend that the bakery will close at the end of April.

In a post on its Facebook page, the bakery said its owners and staff have been ‘extremely humbled by the messages of kindness from supporters of our business’.

It added: ‘Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to share their sadness, gratitude and support in any way over the past few days. The understanding and loyalty from our incredible team of people has been amazing. They continue to pull together to ensure that excellent service is provided to our many customers and we are so terribly grateful to them. We are also indebted to all of our many suppliers, not least Laxey Glen Mills, for their continued service to us and for their understanding of the heart-breaking decision that we have had to make.

‘We had a very constructive meeting with the Minister and Chief Executive Officer of DEFA this evening and we have offered to assist in any way possible to enable a manageable transition over the coming weeks to help our customers and support other island companies during this challenging time. The last plant bakeries in Jersey and Guernsey closed in 2013 and we are proud that we have managed to maintain a supply of locally produced quality bread and rolls, along with our much-loved range of sandwiches, savouries and confectionery for as long as we have.

‘We will be pulling out all the stops to keep serving our island over the next few weeks before we finally have to say goodbye at the end of April.’