There was more bad news for jobs as Thorntons announced it was closing its store in Cribbs Causeway.
Dan Norris said: “Whether you’re partial to some milk chocolate or can’t resist Thorntons Special Toffee this is an unhappy day for people with a sweet tooth. Sadly it’s also another blow to the local economy in a sector that’s been hammered by the pandemic. My heart goes out to everyone who has lost their job at such a difficult time. I believe we urgently need action on jobs and a plan for the retail sector. I pledge to be a ‘Jobs First’ mayor and, unlike the current invisible Conservative Metro Mayor, I’ll ensure every penny of the High Street fund is spent.”