TVR to leave Blackpool factory
24 April 2006

Troubled sportscar manufacturer TVR looks set to leave its current base in Blackpool, amid mounting speculation that it wants to follow Noble's lead and assemble its cars abroad.

Newspaper Blackpool Today says the firm intends to leave its current Bristol Avenue site within the next six months. Andy Robertson, regional rep for the Transport & General Workers' Union, said, 'I questioned the firm on the future of the site and they looked at me saying the future would not be in Blackpool. They added TVR would have a future, but it was not in the town.'

TVR spokesman Ian Law said, 'The factory will be moving from its present site. No decision has yet been made as to where it will be moving to. There is a chance TVR might move out of Blackpool. We are due to have a meeting with the unions on May 3.'

Rumours late last week suggested that TVR, which has already laid off 71 staff from its 320-strong workforce after poor winter sales, is considering building some of its cars in South Africa in a bid to reduce overheads. Closing Bristol Avenue and sourcing a smaller administrative headquarters in the current region could be part of that plan.

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