A world famous fishing company based in Northumberland could be set to shed jobs.
Alnwick-based Hardy and Greys has confirmed that it has begun consultation on a possible 10 job losses.
It comes months after the firm, a supplier to the royal family which was founded more than 140 years ago, was sold to an American company.
The Journal reported in July how the company, and its subsidiary Hardy Advanced Composites, had been bought by US based global fishing tackle provider Pure Fishing, Inc. for an undisclosed sum.
At the time, Berwick Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith said he hoped the move would “help to maintain jobs in Alnwick.”
Now, however, it has emerged that workers have been told that up to 10 – across all areas of the business – could lose their jobs.
A company spokesman said: “What we have done is announced a consultation process, issued at risk letters to those that are possibly effected.
“It has some way to run yet, (we are) consulting for the rest of the month.”
The spokesman said that the proposals did not automatically mean 10 staff would lose their jobs, pointing out that a previous plan for 26 redundancies had seen only 19 jobs shed.
“It certainly will not be more than that, (it) might not be 10.”
The business, which employs around 100 people, enjoyed some welcome publicity recently when the Duke of Cambridge was spotted out with his brother, wearing one of its caps.
Established in 1872, it has also supplied fishing equipment to royals – including to the Prince of Wales, whom it provided with vintage reels worth up to £30,000.The business has always had its home in Alnwick, but has created a reputation that has brought it world renown. In July, company deputy chairman Richard Maudslay said: “Hardy and Greys has found a buyer who shares the company’s vision to develop its strong operations not just in the UK, continental Europe and North America but around the globe which is very good news.
“Pure Fishing recognises the importance of Hardy’s Alnwick heritage and the skills and expertise of the Alnwick-based employees.”
Sir Alan said at the time: “They are a world famous and high quality brand and I am hopeful that having a major US company as a buyer will help to maintain jobs in Alnwick and add to ongoing success.”