The Welsh Liberal Democrat AM and MP for Brecon & Radnorshire, Kirsty Williams and Jane Dodds, have both responded with sadness to the news that Newbridge-on-Wye sawmill and timber merchant BSW has entered a period of consultation, that is likely to lead to the loss of around 20 jobs.

The company has faced a challenging commercial environment with factors including rising wood prices, declining sales and continued uncertainty and stockpiling because of Brexit impacting on business.

Kirsty Williams said: “The news from BSW Timber is a devastating blow for the company, its employees and the mid Wales economy. BSW is a hugely important employer in Brecon and Radnorshire and workers at the Newbridge-on-Wye sawmills are highly skilled. It is clear from conversations with the company that they have tried hard to avoid this situation. We will continue to work with them to support the affected employees going forward.”

Jane Dodds said: “BSW is a key employer in Newbridge-on-Wye and Radnorshire. Job losses on this scale would be catastrophic for many families and the wider community. I will work closely with BSW and Kirsty to do all that we can to assist employees impacted by these developments at what must be a difficult time.”