A Liverpool glue factory may have to cut jobs after losing a crucial supplier to supermarket chain Tesco.
The Aintree racecourse, venue for Saturday’s Grand National has signed a three-year deal with the retail giant to supply ingredients for the ‘Value’ range of foods.
But the previous contract holder, Barry Jenkins of ‘Barry’s Glues,’ says that this may force him to move production overseas – leading to redundancies on his Merseyside site.
“There just isn’t anywhere else in the UK where we can get a regular annual supply of good raw materials,” he said.
“Aintree was perfect for us.”
A spokesman for the racecourse denied that this year’s safety improvements would impact on the level of supply to Tesco.
“Obviously we make adaptations every year, following public disquiet at the level of casualties amongst the horses,” he said.
“And clearly the welfare of the horses is our number one concern.”
“But let’s face it, everybody wants to see a big pile up of horses and riders at the major fences. Especially if it’s the one their mate’s put a tenner on.”
“So we’ve not done too much. You get what I’m saying?”