Tennent's is planning to close its Newbridge site, opened in 2020, with close to 100 workers facing redundancy.

The 50,000 square metre facility was opened four years ago to cater to demand on the east coast, but owner Tennent Caledonian Breweries, a subsidiary of C&C Group, announced on Wednesday that it plans to close the site and transfer production and distribution to its Cambuslang site.

Tennent's intends to transfer 41 jobs, but union Unite said that would still mean the loss of more than half the jobs at Newbridge.

It said that 96 workers were facing redundancy, with those transferring still facing a 40 mile commute to Cambuslang.

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Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite is determined to pursue every avenue to stop the proposed closure of the Newbridge facility.

"Tennent's which is Scotland's largest beer company is a subsidiary of the very profitable C&C Group PLC. This is an extremely premature decision. We will leave no stone unturned in an effort to keep jobs at Newbridge.”

Pat Egan, Unite industrial officer: added: “This is devastating news for the workforce at Tennent’s Newbridge. The company promised that having a facility in Edinburgh was only the start of its expansion.

"The site has only been operating for a few years and it's a cruel blow that 96 workers are facing redundancy. Unite is demanding urgent meetings with Tennent's so that we can develop a strategy to save the plant.”

A spokesperson for C&C Group commented: “To service our customers more effectively, we have taken the decision to close our depot in Newbridge, Edinburgh. Operations will transfer to our existing facility in Cambuslang.

"The majority of colleagues impacted by this proposal are being offered alternative employment and a consultation process is currently underway as we seek to provide all necessary support and minimise any job losses.

"This proposal to transfer our distribution operation from Newbridge to Cambuslang is expected to conclude by the end of June 2024, with no anticipated impact on customer service.”