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Royal Doulton is to close its Nile Street pottery in Stoke-on-Trent by mid-2005 with the loss of 525 jobs, but has also confirmed plans to open a 20,000 sq ft factory and visitor centre at nearby Festival Park.
Royal Doulton is to invest £6m refitting many of its 300 shops around the world, and the fascia will change to Doulton & Co.
Royal Doulton has sold its Caithness Glass glassware subsidiary in Scotland to Royal Worcester & Spode for £6.1m.
Royal Doulton is planning to relocate its headquarters and 280 staff from Minton House in Stoke to a new office complex and factory shop at Etruria Valley.
Royal Doulton is to sell its Royal Crown Derby subsidiary to a management buy-out team for £16m, securing 250 jobs.
Royal Doulton is planning to invest £6.5m in its three Stoke-on-Trent factories, in order to introduce state-of-the art manufacturing technology and improve efficiency.