10 August 2001

Jobs axed at Parmiter

THIRTY jobs are to be lost at Wilts-based PJ Parmiter with the company blaming foot-and-mouth disease and the current recession in agriculture. The weakness of the k, which has squeezed the firms important European trade, is also cited as a cause.

As result, the number of employees will be reduced from 77 to 47 and, with it, the closure of the machine shop and welding departments.

Managing director Simon Wilcox says the change was necessary to ensure the survival of the firm which was subject to a management buy-out two years ago.

"It is very sad for us and very sad for the staff," he says. "But they have been very supportive in recognising the problems we have and the steps we are having to take." &#42