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  • Rogerstone to close as 45-day consultation ends
  • Company trying to 'minimise compulsory redundancies'

3:54pm

South Wales Argus: Logo for Mohammad Asghar AM

South Wales East AM Mohammad Asghar said he was “very disappointed" that it was not possible to secure a sustainable future for the factory and its employees.

He added the bakery had become increasingly dependent on one big contract and the withdrawal of Marks & Spencer made it virtually impossible for the firm to continue in its present form

He said: “I hope secure and rewarding employment can be found for the skilled bakers and other staff at Avana, who still have much to contribute to the local economy.”

3:53pm

Ibrahim Damer, from Chepstow Road, gets the bus from Newport to Avana where he has worked for two years icing cakes. He said: “I don’t know what I’ll do now – I have no idea. It can’t be easy to find another job. Everybody was looking very sad today. It’s very hard, very hard for everyone.”

3:18pm

3:17pm

2:53pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Llanmartinangel says

Woodgnome wrote:
Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.
Anyone who thinks any of M&S's competitors are doing anything different is deluded. Bear in mind that theirs is a business like any other and, if they take their eyes of the ball and lose their edge, then their workers are next onto the dole queue. You may not like it but how many of you use comparison sites for insurance etc? How do you think the cheapest quote you chose got that cheap?

3:17pm

3:06pm

South Wales Argus: DELIGHTED: Cllr Bob Bright

Leader of Newport City Council, councillor Bob Bright said he was "very saddened by the news that Avana Bakeries will be closing and that there will be a number of job losses."

He said it was "upsetting news for all involved" as the company has been a major employer in the area for many years.

He added the economic climate remains "very challenging" but said one of their priorities as a council was to encourage investment and "we are working hard to achieve that objective.”

 

2:48pm

2:27pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Good Job No Kids says

Woodgnome wrote:
Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.
We live in a world where businesses and consumers are free to trade with whoever they deem fit.

M&S sales/profits have been falling for some time and they have found another supplier who can be cheaper which is their prerogative.

The fact that Avana can't compete is a problem of there own making. In addition from what I have heard there were some quality issues too.

Like others have said having 85% of business with one customer is a recipe for disaster.

2:48pm

Amanda Jenkins, 51, from Cwmbran,  has been with Avana for ten years and works producing wedding cakes. She said: "I'm so upset today. It has been terrible. We knew it was coming, it was a question of when.


We still have to produce the cakes and do the work - I'm in weddings and people still need cake to get married. It's devastating. I just hope Marks know what they're doing. I hope the other people they've got can do the same quality as is.
I'm not going to get another job as easily as some of these youngsters. We all need the money at the end of the day."

2:43pm

David Heard, 48, from Rogerstone works in quality control and has been with the company for 10 years.

He said: "The workforce are just devastated by the news. Reading the Argus on Friday brought some hope for some people but now it's devastating."

2:40pm

Avana worker Diana Roberts, 46 from Risca: "We're just devastated, it's all gone. There's not a lot we can say, we're just devastated. We had a big meeting this morning. There are no jobs around this area, there's not a lot we can do.

"I have been here nearly 14 years. Some people have been here 36. There are a lot of married couples. All my family have been through here as well."

2:13pm

1:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

westsi1983 says

Horrid outcome for all the staff at Avanna, and their suppliers and subcontractors.

However, the wider public has a responsibility here, people continually seeking to buy the cheapest is going to result in yet more of these announcements, as supermarkets tender out their supply contracts and the cheapest supplier will always win! If you don't like this, then rather than shopping by price, shop 'ethically', for example by where the item is made. If that means you pay a bit more for your shopping, but you are securing local jobs, surely thats a small price to pay!?!

That said, one really does question the wisdom of the management at this firm by having 85% of its produce being taken by a single customer, in the modern world that is asking for trouble... If I have a majority customer, I am linking my fortunes to those of my customer and relying upon their loyalty, and so on down the line...

Whilst it would be nice to criticise M&S for their business decision, the reasons for it will be consumer driven, so you cannot criticise a business for trying to meet the demands of their customers, but you can criticise the demands of the customers...

2:12pm

South Wales Argus: FIVE MINUTES WITH: Paul Flynn MP

Paul Flynn, MP for Newport West, said: "It's an extremely serious blow to the area and a bitter disappointment following the possibilities of a contract being discussed.

"It's going to be terrible for these people who have given thee work and loyalty to the company for a very long time.

"I'm sure the Welsh Assembly Government will be doing all they can to soften the blow, but unfortunately the Welsh office ministers have quickly washed their hands of it. It's a great shame."

12:55pm

12:52pm

12:32pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Woodgnome says

Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.

12:52pm

Gwent AM William Graham said news that Avana Bakeries was to close in Rogerstone was "distressing news" for employers and their families.

South Wales Argus: William Graham - Conserative AM South Wales East

He said: "This closure will have a detrimental impact upon our whole region”.

“I visited the bakery site in February, when the devastating new concerning the loss of the M&S contract was announced”.

“There remains some hope that new contracts  can be secured. Welsh Government support to secure such contracts is essential”

12:13pm

12:09pm

11:53am

John James, regional secretary of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, who said he represents around 500 of the 650 employees, said: “We are disappointed with the closure announcement because not a lot has changed since last week.

The company is still working hard to secure business, but unfortunately the consultation period has ended and it wanted to give employees an answer.”

11:47am

South Wales Argus: FRUSTRATED: Newport West AM Rosemary Butler

Rosemary Butler AM told of the "absolutely devastating" news today.

She said that the confirmation that Avana Bakery is to close with the loss of 650 jobs is "absolutely devastating news for all involved".

She added: "Having spoken to senior management I understand it will be a phased closure with no jobs being lost in the immediate future.  However, the losses are due to start towards the summer of 2014.

She added: "This is a sad day for the loyal workforce and for Newport as a whole.  The business has been an integral part of the local community for many years and I am disappointed that Avana was unable to secure a new contract to safeguard its future. Avana has confirmed that it will continue to fight to secure new contracts."

11:29am

Mr Johnston who has worked for the company for 12 years said: “It’s gutting, it’s going to hit Newport, Torfaen, Caerphilly, because when Avana Cardiff closed the workers transferred up here.

“We had the Assembly involved, John Griffiths, Edwina Hart and Carwyn Jones.”

The Argus understands that Avana’s current contract with Marks & Spencer is not due to finish until the autumn.

11:28am

As we reported in the Argus on Friday, there was hope new contracts would fill the void left as the Marks & Spencer came to an end.

Mr Johnston said the supermarket chain involved in last week’s talks was Sainsbury’s.

“We don’t know if Sainsbury’s has pulled out, we just don’t know,” said Mr Johnston.

11:26am

Gary Johnston, organising regional secretary for the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union confirmed the news but said he had no detail at the present time.

South Wales Argus:

“My last contact with them was last week when we were looking quite hopeful,” he said of the possibility of securing the 650 jobs on site.

“It is a bit of a shock, we thought things had been saved. We were looking at the shop floor [jobs] being all safe. I’ve no idea what’s changed.”

11:24am

Rogerstone councillor Chris Evans said the announcement was "absolutely gutting news".

South Wales Argus:

He said his thoughts are with the "loyal workers, and their families, at this impossible time - the truth is, market forces can be very cruel sometimes, I would urge that retraining, help and support , be offered to those affected, so, that they can get back into work as soon as possible".

He added: "I can only imagine how those families affected are feeling today, let’s do all we can, to get them back into work, and providing for their families, as soon as possible."

11:21am

AVANA Bakeries has today announced it is closing its site in Newport.

The Rogerstone firm had undergone a 45-day consultation period after losing out on a multi-million pound cake contract with Marks & Spencer.

But, following the conclusion of the consultation, it announced – “with much regret” – that the site was no longer viable.

A spokesman said: “It is with much regret that we can confirm that following a 45-day consultation period, we are closing our Avana Bakeries site in Newport.

“During the consultation, we have fully explored all the options available to us since losing what was the principal customer contract for the site. Sadly, we have been unable to find a way to keep the site viable.”

It was said the company would try to minimise compulsory redundancies.

“Our priority now is to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies through seeking volunteers and redeployment elsewhere,” the spokesman added. “We will also be working with the Welsh Government, Job Centre Plus and Staffline to seek opportunities for our colleagues outside the business.

“We will now work with all our colleagues and our customers to implement a phased closure, which we anticipate will end by summer.”

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12:32pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.
Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing. Woodgnome
  • Score: -2

1:12pm Mon 7 Apr 14

westsi1983 says...

Horrid outcome for all the staff at Avanna, and their suppliers and subcontractors.

However, the wider public has a responsibility here, people continually seeking to buy the cheapest is going to result in yet more of these announcements, as supermarkets tender out their supply contracts and the cheapest supplier will always win! If you don't like this, then rather than shopping by price, shop 'ethically', for example by where the item is made. If that means you pay a bit more for your shopping, but you are securing local jobs, surely thats a small price to pay!?!

That said, one really does question the wisdom of the management at this firm by having 85% of its produce being taken by a single customer, in the modern world that is asking for trouble... If I have a majority customer, I am linking my fortunes to those of my customer and relying upon their loyalty, and so on down the line...

Whilst it would be nice to criticise M&S for their business decision, the reasons for it will be consumer driven, so you cannot criticise a business for trying to meet the demands of their customers, but you can criticise the demands of the customers...
Horrid outcome for all the staff at Avanna, and their suppliers and subcontractors. However, the wider public has a responsibility here, people continually seeking to buy the cheapest is going to result in yet more of these announcements, as supermarkets tender out their supply contracts and the cheapest supplier will always win! If you don't like this, then rather than shopping by price, shop 'ethically', for example by where the item is made. If that means you pay a bit more for your shopping, but you are securing local jobs, surely thats a small price to pay!?! That said, one really does question the wisdom of the management at this firm by having 85% of its produce being taken by a single customer, in the modern world that is asking for trouble... If I have a majority customer, I am linking my fortunes to those of my customer and relying upon their loyalty, and so on down the line... Whilst it would be nice to criticise M&S for their business decision, the reasons for it will be consumer driven, so you cannot criticise a business for trying to meet the demands of their customers, but you can criticise the demands of the customers... westsi1983
  • Score: 4

1:16pm Mon 7 Apr 14

snafu1 says...

Unfortunately like I commented back in feb when the announcement was made the local council plus am, s make all the soothing noises but will not prevent closure remember Llanwern 2001
Unfortunately like I commented back in feb when the announcement was made the local council plus am, s make all the soothing noises but will not prevent closure remember Llanwern 2001 snafu1
  • Score: 11

1:28pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Bobevans says...

westsi1983 wrote:
Horrid outcome for all the staff at Avanna, and their suppliers and subcontractors.

However, the wider public has a responsibility here, people continually seeking to buy the cheapest is going to result in yet more of these announcements, as supermarkets tender out their supply contracts and the cheapest supplier will always win! If you don't like this, then rather than shopping by price, shop 'ethically', for example by where the item is made. If that means you pay a bit more for your shopping, but you are securing local jobs, surely thats a small price to pay!?!

That said, one really does question the wisdom of the management at this firm by having 85% of its produce being taken by a single customer, in the modern world that is asking for trouble... If I have a majority customer, I am linking my fortunes to those of my customer and relying upon their loyalty, and so on down the line...

Whilst it would be nice to criticise M&S for their business decision, the reasons for it will be consumer driven, so you cannot criticise a business for trying to meet the demands of their customers, but you can criticise the demands of the customers...
It has nothing to do with that. M&S after all is not the cheapest supplier of food by far it tends to be at the high priced end
[quote][p][bold]westsi1983[/bold] wrote: Horrid outcome for all the staff at Avanna, and their suppliers and subcontractors. However, the wider public has a responsibility here, people continually seeking to buy the cheapest is going to result in yet more of these announcements, as supermarkets tender out their supply contracts and the cheapest supplier will always win! If you don't like this, then rather than shopping by price, shop 'ethically', for example by where the item is made. If that means you pay a bit more for your shopping, but you are securing local jobs, surely thats a small price to pay!?! That said, one really does question the wisdom of the management at this firm by having 85% of its produce being taken by a single customer, in the modern world that is asking for trouble... If I have a majority customer, I am linking my fortunes to those of my customer and relying upon their loyalty, and so on down the line... Whilst it would be nice to criticise M&S for their business decision, the reasons for it will be consumer driven, so you cannot criticise a business for trying to meet the demands of their customers, but you can criticise the demands of the customers...[/p][/quote]It has nothing to do with that. M&S after all is not the cheapest supplier of food by far it tends to be at the high priced end Bobevans
  • Score: -2

1:53pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Magor says...

Bobevans wrote:
westsi1983 wrote:
Horrid outcome for all the staff at Avanna, and their suppliers and subcontractors.

However, the wider public has a responsibility here, people continually seeking to buy the cheapest is going to result in yet more of these announcements, as supermarkets tender out their supply contracts and the cheapest supplier will always win! If you don't like this, then rather than shopping by price, shop 'ethically', for example by where the item is made. If that means you pay a bit more for your shopping, but you are securing local jobs, surely thats a small price to pay!?!

That said, one really does question the wisdom of the management at this firm by having 85% of its produce being taken by a single customer, in the modern world that is asking for trouble... If I have a majority customer, I am linking my fortunes to those of my customer and relying upon their loyalty, and so on down the line...

Whilst it would be nice to criticise M&S for their business decision, the reasons for it will be consumer driven, so you cannot criticise a business for trying to meet the demands of their customers, but you can criticise the demands of the customers...
It has nothing to do with that. M&S after all is not the cheapest supplier of food by far it tends to be at the high priced end
I know M&S are not the cheapest ,but they still want the cheapest supplier as that is more profit for them.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westsi1983[/bold] wrote: Horrid outcome for all the staff at Avanna, and their suppliers and subcontractors. However, the wider public has a responsibility here, people continually seeking to buy the cheapest is going to result in yet more of these announcements, as supermarkets tender out their supply contracts and the cheapest supplier will always win! If you don't like this, then rather than shopping by price, shop 'ethically', for example by where the item is made. If that means you pay a bit more for your shopping, but you are securing local jobs, surely thats a small price to pay!?! That said, one really does question the wisdom of the management at this firm by having 85% of its produce being taken by a single customer, in the modern world that is asking for trouble... If I have a majority customer, I am linking my fortunes to those of my customer and relying upon their loyalty, and so on down the line... Whilst it would be nice to criticise M&S for their business decision, the reasons for it will be consumer driven, so you cannot criticise a business for trying to meet the demands of their customers, but you can criticise the demands of the customers...[/p][/quote]It has nothing to do with that. M&S after all is not the cheapest supplier of food by far it tends to be at the high priced end[/p][/quote]I know M&S are not the cheapest ,but they still want the cheapest supplier as that is more profit for them. Magor
  • Score: 16

2:27pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Good Job No Kids says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.
We live in a world where businesses and consumers are free to trade with whoever they deem fit.

M&S sales/profits have been falling for some time and they have found another supplier who can be cheaper which is their prerogative.

The fact that Avana can't compete is a problem of there own making. In addition from what I have heard there were some quality issues too.

Like others have said having 85% of business with one customer is a recipe for disaster.
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.[/p][/quote]We live in a world where businesses and consumers are free to trade with whoever they deem fit. M&S sales/profits have been falling for some time and they have found another supplier who can be cheaper which is their prerogative. The fact that Avana can't compete is a problem of there own making. In addition from what I have heard there were some quality issues too. Like others have said having 85% of business with one customer is a recipe for disaster. Good Job No Kids
  • Score: 6

2:53pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.
Anyone who thinks any of M&S's competitors are doing anything different is deluded. Bear in mind that theirs is a business like any other and, if they take their eyes of the ball and lose their edge, then their workers are next onto the dole queue. You may not like it but how many of you use comparison sites for insurance etc? How do you think the cheapest quote you chose got that cheap?
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.[/p][/quote]Anyone who thinks any of M&S's competitors are doing anything different is deluded. Bear in mind that theirs is a business like any other and, if they take their eyes of the ball and lose their edge, then their workers are next onto the dole queue. You may not like it but how many of you use comparison sites for insurance etc? How do you think the cheapest quote you chose got that cheap? Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 4

3:37pm Mon 7 Apr 14

john.hall1000 says...

Just hope theother company from oldham, can't give the quality avana gave and M&S regrets the choice they made. Hope their profits drop further!.
Just hope theother company from oldham, can't give the quality avana gave and M&S regrets the choice they made. Hope their profits drop further!. john.hall1000
  • Score: -9

3:48pm Mon 7 Apr 14

crashintheattic says...

M&S have had an extremely cheap offer which the new supplier cannot fulfill as they have undercutted way too much so have resorted to get representatives of the new supplier on spying at the Rogerstone site in the mold room and production lines 'under cover'. How cheeky and disgusting is that!
M&S have had an extremely cheap offer which the new supplier cannot fulfill as they have undercutted way too much so have resorted to get representatives of the new supplier on spying at the Rogerstone site in the mold room and production lines 'under cover'. How cheeky and disgusting is that! crashintheattic
  • Score: 0

4:44pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.
Anyone who thinks any of M&S's competitors are doing anything different is deluded. Bear in mind that theirs is a business like any other and, if they take their eyes of the ball and lose their edge, then their workers are next onto the dole queue. You may not like it but how many of you use comparison sites for insurance etc? How do you think the cheapest quote you chose got that cheap?
You can take the nard line commercial realities point if you want to but it's 650 unemployed and M&S go for the cheapest??!! That's at least 650 and their families who are unlikely to shop at M&S any more.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.[/p][/quote]Anyone who thinks any of M&S's competitors are doing anything different is deluded. Bear in mind that theirs is a business like any other and, if they take their eyes of the ball and lose their edge, then their workers are next onto the dole queue. You may not like it but how many of you use comparison sites for insurance etc? How do you think the cheapest quote you chose got that cheap?[/p][/quote]You can take the nard line commercial realities point if you want to but it's 650 unemployed and M&S go for the cheapest??!! That's at least 650 and their families who are unlikely to shop at M&S any more. Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

5:11pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Woodgnome wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.
Anyone who thinks any of M&S's competitors are doing anything different is deluded. Bear in mind that theirs is a business like any other and, if they take their eyes of the ball and lose their edge, then their workers are next onto the dole queue. You may not like it but how many of you use comparison sites for insurance etc? How do you think the cheapest quote you chose got that cheap?
You can take the nard line commercial realities point if you want to but it's 650 unemployed and M&S go for the cheapest??!! That's at least 650 and their families who are unlikely to shop at M&S any more.
'If I want' doesn't come into it. I was just oi ting out that we all make cost/quality/value judgements every day. Expecting one entity to behave differently to their competitors is a bit odd isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.[/p][/quote]Anyone who thinks any of M&S's competitors are doing anything different is deluded. Bear in mind that theirs is a business like any other and, if they take their eyes of the ball and lose their edge, then their workers are next onto the dole queue. You may not like it but how many of you use comparison sites for insurance etc? How do you think the cheapest quote you chose got that cheap?[/p][/quote]You can take the nard line commercial realities point if you want to but it's 650 unemployed and M&S go for the cheapest??!! That's at least 650 and their families who are unlikely to shop at M&S any more.[/p][/quote]'If I want' doesn't come into it. I was just oi ting out that we all make cost/quality/value judgements every day. Expecting one entity to behave differently to their competitors is a bit odd isn't it? Llanmartinangel
  • Score: -1

5:36pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Woodgnome says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Woodgnome wrote:
Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.
Anyone who thinks any of M&S's competitors are doing anything different is deluded. Bear in mind that theirs is a business like any other and, if they take their eyes of the ball and lose their edge, then their workers are next onto the dole queue. You may not like it but how many of you use comparison sites for insurance etc? How do you think the cheapest quote you chose got that cheap?
You can take the nard line commercial realities point if you want to but it's 650 unemployed and M&S go for the cheapest??!! That's at least 650 and their families who are unlikely to shop at M&S any more.
'If I want' doesn't come into it. I was just oi ting out that we all make cost/quality/value judgements every day. Expecting one entity to behave differently to their competitors is a bit odd isn't it?
Apart from stating the obvious I don't really know what point you are trying to make Angel. Avana had nearly all their eggs in one basket and that was unwise, a competitor may have undercut them and that's commercial life - however from an employee and human point of view (my point) that's 650 people out of work when decent jobs are hard to come by. Newport has enough problems as it is.
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Woodgnome[/bold] wrote: Devastating. Do M&S consider the wider implications of their contracts? Anyone thinking about contracting with M&S should think twice signing.[/p][/quote]Anyone who thinks any of M&S's competitors are doing anything different is deluded. Bear in mind that theirs is a business like any other and, if they take their eyes of the ball and lose their edge, then their workers are next onto the dole queue. You may not like it but how many of you use comparison sites for insurance etc? How do you think the cheapest quote you chose got that cheap?[/p][/quote]You can take the nard line commercial realities point if you want to but it's 650 unemployed and M&S go for the cheapest??!! That's at least 650 and their families who are unlikely to shop at M&S any more.[/p][/quote]'If I want' doesn't come into it. I was just oi ting out that we all make cost/quality/value judgements every day. Expecting one entity to behave differently to their competitors is a bit odd isn't it?[/p][/quote]Apart from stating the obvious I don't really know what point you are trying to make Angel. Avana had nearly all their eggs in one basket and that was unwise, a competitor may have undercut them and that's commercial life - however from an employee and human point of view (my point) that's 650 people out of work when decent jobs are hard to come by. Newport has enough problems as it is. Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

7:02pm Mon 7 Apr 14

merlin44 says...

Very sad news to hear avana is closing down . My mother in law when she was alive worked there checking all the cakes until she retired . I remember always going to the Avana shop for birthday cakes plus the products were always first class . Marks & Spencer were always one of their major clients & everything was always so good . Why did Marks have to go elsewhere when the products were so good . Do they realise the impact this will have on the community as a whole & where are they going to get their cakes now ,does anyone know who they are using instead of Avana.. Avana has been a wellknown name in Rogerstone for many, many years , such a pity.
My thoughts are with all those hard workers who will be out of a job.
Very sad news to hear avana is closing down . My mother in law when she was alive worked there checking all the cakes until she retired . I remember always going to the Avana shop for birthday cakes plus the products were always first class . Marks & Spencer were always one of their major clients & everything was always so good . Why did Marks have to go elsewhere when the products were so good . Do they realise the impact this will have on the community as a whole & where are they going to get their cakes now ,does anyone know who they are using instead of Avana.. Avana has been a wellknown name in Rogerstone for many, many years , such a pity. My thoughts are with all those hard workers who will be out of a job. merlin44
  • Score: 4

8:16pm Mon 7 Apr 14

scraptheWAG says...

M&S are not the big pull on the high street that they were fifteen years ago they have seen there market slump year on year I have never been a fan old fashioned stuff at expensive prices the food is ok quite good quality i suppose but expensive.
M&S are not the big pull on the high street that they were fifteen years ago they have seen there market slump year on year I have never been a fan old fashioned stuff at expensive prices the food is ok quite good quality i suppose but expensive. scraptheWAG
  • Score: -1

9:29pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Thor at the door says...

Very bad news indeed
Very bad news indeed Thor at the door
  • Score: 0

9:43pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Bobevans says...

john.hall1000 wrote:
Just hope theother company from oldham, can't give the quality avana gave and M&S regrets the choice they made. Hope their profits drop further!.
That company already supplies M&S
[quote][p][bold]john.hall1000[/bold] wrote: Just hope theother company from oldham, can't give the quality avana gave and M&S regrets the choice they made. Hope their profits drop further!.[/p][/quote]That company already supplies M&S Bobevans
  • Score: 3

1:16pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Danfoss says...

Everybody is blaming M&S for terminating their contract, but most of the blame must be put with the Avana upper management team, it is not good business practice to run a business and rely on just one customer for such a high percentage of work, they should have been working years ago to obtain more contracts and have an even spread of customers, that way it would not have had such a devastating effect.
Everybody is blaming M&S for terminating their contract, but most of the blame must be put with the Avana upper management team, it is not good business practice to run a business and rely on just one customer for such a high percentage of work, they should have been working years ago to obtain more contracts and have an even spread of customers, that way it would not have had such a devastating effect. Danfoss
  • Score: 5

6:22pm Tue 8 Apr 14

welshmen says...

Mr Flynn, helpful as usual, Teflon fingers can't seem to grasp the the serious effect it will have on all those families, he really needs to use all his political clout to try and help those who are losing their jobs, and Avana, all your eggs in one basket not a good business idea....
Mr Flynn, helpful as usual, Teflon fingers can't seem to grasp the the serious effect it will have on all those families, he really needs to use all his political clout to try and help those who are losing their jobs, and Avana, all your eggs in one basket not a good business idea.... welshmen
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5:09pm Wed 9 Apr 14

coalpicker says...

This is a salutary lesson I experienced with M/S many years ago in the textile industry at Dowlais.to many eggs in one basket is not a very good idea
This is a salutary lesson I experienced with M/S many years ago in the textile industry at Dowlais.to many eggs in one basket is not a very good idea coalpicker
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