Workers at Northern Foods are set for a reprieve amid reports the manufacturer is set to ditch plans to close one of two UK biscuit factories.

The maker of Fox’s biscuits had previously indicated it would close either its plant at Batley in Yorkshire or the Uttoxeter facility in Staffordshire to build a new £40m factory – a move dubbed Project Golden.

But the company, which also makes Goodfella’s pizza, has now put those plans on hold, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The company had previously indicated it would make an announcement on the future of the project – its largest since chief executive Stefan Barden took the helm three years ago – in March 2010.

Northern will announce its latest trading figures tomorrow, when an official announcement on the planned closure will be made.

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