Imperial Tobacco no longer British
The company will also be closing another plant in Nantes, France where it employs 320, and so that will bring it's tally towards 900
The company said the closures reflected falling industry output in Europe blamed on tough economic conditions, increasing regulation, higher taxes and the growth in smuggling. As well as a general downturn in the popularity of smoking.
The plant in Nottingham, which makes brands including JPS, Regal, Embassy No1, Lambert & Butler and Golden Virginia, was capable of making 36 billion cigarettes a year but would produce only 17 billion this year.
The company, which has 46 manufacturing sites worldwide and a workforce of 35,000, makes other, poncier brands including Davidoff and Gauloises.
The firm hopes that this restructuring will help secure a sustainable future for it, although these effects will be unlikely to be noticed until 2018.