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The EDP says: Colman’s factory would be a huge loss to our county

PUBLISHED: 15:37 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 06 October 2017

Jeremiah James Colman, great-great-grandfather of James Colman who has criticised proposals which could see the company move out of Norwich.

Jeremiah James Colman, great-great-grandfather of James Colman who has criticised proposals which could see the company move out of Norwich.

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The Colman family’s importance to Norwich is well documented.

Colman’s Mustard has been based in Norfolk ever since Jeremiah Colman started his mustard and flour business in 1814 in Stoke Holy Cross, just four miles south of Norwich.

Jeremiah and his wife cared deeply about family values and looked after their employees.

They went as far as establishing a school for the children of all their employees, providing company housing and also sick benefits for their workers.

READ MORE: Sign the petition to save Britvic and Unilever’s Norwich factory

Jeremiah may not be alive today to speak out against a decision by the brand’s owner Unilever that it is reviewing its operations in the city, but his great-great-great-grandson is.

And James Colman summed up many people’s feelings perfectly - including our own - when he hit out at Unilever for prioritising profits over tradition.

READ MORE: Why it matters that Colman’s is made in Norwich

The Anglo-Dutch company announced earlier this week that it would be reviewing the future of the Carrow Works, after the site’s co-owner Britvic said it would close its drinks production factory by 2019, which put a total of 355 jobs on the line.

Mr Colman said the loss of jobs, livelihoods, security, identity, and tradition was all down to the bottom line.

The decision to go would not only be a massive blow to the local economy, but would also be a huge loss to Norwich if the 200-year-old link with one of its most famous exports was broken.

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