The council’s Employability Bridgend and Economic Development teams are working to support staff from Zimmer Biomet and Wilko who have been affected by announcements in relation to the future of their jobs.

Together with partners such as Bridgend Job Centre and Careers Wales, council staff have met with senior managers to discuss how support can be offered to affected staff.

The closure of the Zimmer Biomet factory is likely to take up to two years to complete, and redundancies will take place throughout this period. Out of 555 staff, 380 are residents of Bridgend County Borough.

The official consultation period is due to end in October and a further joint agency meeting will take place with Zimmer Biomet during November to arrange suitable support for staff being made redundant. It is anticipated that the first planned redundancies will take place around February or March 2024, with more planed for July and August that year.

Also attempts by administrators to secure a deal for Wilko have not been successful and both the Maesteg and Bridgend stores have now closed for the final time.

It is understood that the Maesteg branch had 20 workers while the Bridgend store employed around 60 people, all a mixture of full and part time positions. The council are continuing to provide affected staff with direct help and advice, and all partners will work closely together over coming weeks and months to offer further support.

Please visit the council’s website for information about Employability Bridgend and opportunities within the council.