Denby is the latest in a growing list of tabletop companies to announce that it is shedding jobs.
The 200-year-old pottery firm has not yet put numbers on those facing redundancy, though it has said the losses will come from manufacturing. In total it employs 700 people in its factories, offices and shops in the UK, 500 of whom work at the main site in Denby, Derbyshire.
In a statement, managing director Garry Biggs said the state of the economy had necessitated the move.
“The general financial and economic crisis in the marketplace is well reported, resulting in a reduced demand for many retail products,” he said.
“The tableware market has been affected by the downturn in the retail trade, which is expected to continue for the remainder of 2009. This unfortunately includes Denby tableware.
“The company, therefore, has no alternative but to reduce the factory output and this will unfortunately result in a reduction of the number of employees within the factory.”
The company is currently in talks with the Unity union regarding the number of job losses.