04/10/18: Banham Poultry - partnership response

In response to Banham Poultry's announcement that it is looking for a new buyer, Breckland Council has issued the following response:

Breckland Council, along with senior politicians, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Norfolk County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, are doing everything possible to try and support Banham Poultry to protect local employment through this period of uncertainty.

We are also aware that in an unrelated incident, two contractors have sadly died at the Banham Poultry site. On behalf of all the partners working together to support Banham Poultry, we would like to express our sincere condolences to their families.

Breckland Council Leader William Nunn said: 'Banham Poultry has for many years played a key part of the Breckland community, providing a range of local employment opportunities. As a result, we will be doing our utmost, alongside our partners, to support the business to remain within the district.'

Cllr Andrew Proctor, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: 'Norfolk County Council wants to see the best outcome for all involved and is ready to progress anything we might be able to do to achieve that.'

Chris Starkie, Chief Executive at New Anglia LEP, said: 'Banham Poultry is one of our largest poultry businesses in the area. Our priority is finding a solution for the company ensuring the best way forward for the employees and its financial fitness so it can continue to grow.'

MP George Freeman said:  'Banham Poultry is a major employer in Mid Norfolk's number one industry and whilst its commercial decisions are for the company to make, I am determined to continue working with partners in Local Government and all of the relevant agencies to best support the company and protect local jobs.'