A BUSINESS programme aimed at helping to reduce the affects of redundancy in Harlow has been set up by the Business Development Centre.

The centre, based at Harlow College, has been working with Horizon Biscuits which has recently made 250 staff redundant because of manufacturing relocation.

Business development manager Paul Jackson has been working closely with the company's personnel manager, Paul Heneghan, to provide an aid package for workers.

The First Impact programme helps workers retrain, gain new skills and look for a new job.

Harlow College is also providing training in basic skills, job search techniques and interview skills for those affected by the factory's closure.

Mr Jackson said: "The percentage of employees finding new jobs locally is extremely encouraging and training will continue into the new year."