FIFTY workers are to lose their jobs when a Huddersfield conference centre closes.
The employees are catering staff who work at The Forum, owned by Syngenta.
And news of the shutdown comes just weeks after the chemical firm announced 240 job cuts on their sprawling Leeds Road complex.
Redundancies at Syngenta's Huddersfield works were announced earlier this month as part of a restructuring programme.
Now up to 50 catering staff at The Forum Conference Centre - also owned by Syngenta - are being axed after the decision was made to transform the site into a job centre for those facing the chop.
The centre, at Leeds Road, was opened in May 2002 providing facilities for business meetings and conferences.
Catering company Eurest ran the site, which was well used by groups including the West Riding Decorative and Fine Arts Society.
Fine Arts chairman Betty Webb said: "It is an absolute blow because it is not easy to find accommodation in Huddersfield for our 150 members.
"It is a very nice venue in a well appointed place.
"I really feel they should have given us more notice.
"We will now be chasing around trying to find new venues for our meetings."
The centre is to close this Friday.
A spokesman for Syngenta said: "We advised customers of the Forum's closure in March and we offered help in finding alternative venues if required.
"The building will now be used to help those employees leaving the company to find new jobs, providing resources, information and specialist training."