Norprint and Magnadata have remained silent today (Friday) following yesterday’s meeting which is believed to have revealed part of the business has been made insolvent and the other has been taken over.
Since the news broke yesterday, The Standard has been contacted by more anonymous sources confirming that following a meeting at the Horncastle Road site, staff on the Norprint side of the business were let go with immediate effect.
It is believed a Union meeting was held at The Eagle pub this morning with upto 60 members attending.
The Norprint website has also been taken down. Anyone trying to access it gets the message ‘This account has been suspended’.
According to reports, yesterday the staff were given a short time to collect personal effects before being escorted off the premises.
One source said: “The Norprint side were locked in a room for an hour unable to leave under any circumstance. After being told, we had 5 minutes to pack our personal belongings.
“The administrators watched our every move. We were unable to touch our computers or say goodbye to any of the customers we have dealt with every day for many years. It’s so upsetting.
Some people who had company cars were even told to hand the keys in then and there and make their own way home.
“We were then locked out from the offices and factory. It’s absolutely disgusting.”
It is believed some of those people had worked for Norprint for more than 30 years and reports say one had worked there for 46 years and only a few months too go to retire.
It is also reported that Hull-based company Bemrose Booth Paragon have taken over the Magnadata side of the business, leaving staff working for that aspect of the business uncertain as to their future - with some speculating the business will be taken out of Boston and employees asked to travel or leave.
Following several calls and emails to all three companies by The Standard, there has as of yet been no further confirmation about what has happened.
This is despite one of the owners telling a reporter who visited the site yesterday that a ‘press release would be put out shortly’ and to ‘call back tomorrow’.
Since the story broke yesterday, Boston’s MP has promised to help those affected.
Leader of Boston Borough Council Peter Bedford also told The Standard: “The announcement of the redundancies will have been devastating news for all of the company’s employees. Although only a small offer to those affected, we will be very happy to help anyone who needs to apply for Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support or Universal Credit and can offer appointments Monday to Thursday every half hour starting from 9am until 4.30pm. Anyone wanting our support can call us on 01205 314202.”
Further updates as we get them