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Tossed in Tonbridge

Kentish salad company Southern Salads tosses 260 jobs to the wolves after going into administration because of Brexit

 

Illustrations of the likely negative impact of Britain’s decision to leave the UK are coming from far and wide and though Nigel Farage may be crowing over an alleged £60 million film deal – though unsurprisingly no particular studio has actually announced such ‘news’ as ‘truth’ – companies are relocating staff abroad and even closing altogether. Even hardline Brexiteers are being heard to remark: “There’s going to be a heavy price to pay for the complacency… Britain is f***ed” and asking: “What the hell have we done?”

 

Aside from Bloomberg revealing “London could lose 10,000 banking jobs and 20,000 roles in financial services” to such cities as Dublin, Frankfurt and Paris in an article last month, a more localised illustration of the impact of Theresa May’s appallingly bad handling of this issue was provided yesterday in the form of news that a Tonbridge, Kent based firm, Southern Salads, had gone into administration due to “unprecedented pressure on cash flow in the immediate aftermath of the Brexit vote.”

 

Southern Salads, a 30-year old, family run firm which employed 260 people and whose motto was “share the passion”, ceased trading Wednesday and of why it failed, joint administrator Ian Vickers of FRP Advisory told KentLive:

 

“The sudden decline in sterling was not foreseen by the company, leaving the business grappling with an immediate fall of between 10% and 20% in its purchasing power for overseas-grown salads required for the winter and early spring UK market, which in turn put a severe strain on cash-flow.”

 

“With insufficient protection from its currency hedging arrangements, pressure increased on cash-flow as the business traded through to this spring.”

 

“The company was unsuccessful in negotiating any significant changes to its pricing terms with its suppliers in mainland Europe, while also being unable to pass on its cost increases to supermarkets and its other customers.”

 

“The company relies on European suppliers for fresh vegetables and fruit from the Netherlands and Poland in the north to France, Italy and Spain in the south.”

 

It’d be fascinating to know what Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and Theresa May thinks about that.

 

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10 comments on “Tossed in Tonbridge”

  1. Plainly the management were a bunch of tossers themselves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF?????????? It’s their fault and not the fault of anyone else!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Teresa May is MAKING BRITAIN GREAT AGAIN and you should not support these loser people!!!!!!!!!!!!! They lost their jobs because their company is a load of crap ———— it has NOTHING to do with Brexit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. He likes Donald Trump, Theresa May (though spells her name ‘Teresa’), demolishing buildings and destroying classic cars. He is a marketing consultant in Australia, according to his profile. He plainly markets exclamation marks.

    1. Rod talks nonsense!!!!! about a lot of things!!!!!!! but on BREXIT HE IS ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!!!
      BTW only last week Teresa (as I now think of her!!!!!)!!!!! announced her plan to sell us down the river a plan the eurocrats!!!!!!! seem unlikely to accept as they seem to still want their own back for Waterloo, Trafalgar, WW1 and WW2!!!!!!!
      YOU’D THINK THE BELGIANS KNEW BETTER WOULDN’T YOU???!!!!!??

  2. I made a vastly stupid mistake when I voted leave and I truly regret it. I believed the £350 million back to the NHS lie that Farage and his sidekicks told and I am very sorry for the workers of Southern Salads. They sadly will be the first of many unless this ridiculous course of action is stopped.

  3. Plainly there is too much clutter in the cornfield and this is one example. Now I did note this David Hencke post https://davidhencke.com/2017/07/17/exclusive-how-the-boundary-commission-could-smash-the-tory-dup-love-in/ which explains the current Chaos in the Cornfield over entry to the UK from the Irish Republic and worse from the EU. Our Yomping Yodeller is rapidly digging her weak and wobbly government into a fresh grave. Tom above is quite correct it is a right mess and there are no politicians around who can take flak and state plainly-“Thanks for your views on remaining in the EU but the referendum was not legally binding and so we are going to ignore it.” That I am afraid is needed to be said because any less is an unmitigated disaster.

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