Bennetts looks set to axe 27 jobs

A “fine tuning” of operations at electrical retailer Bennetts could see the loss of about 27 jobs.Bennetts, which has a branch in Great Yarmouth next to Matalan, said the business was being restructured to “meet the current challenges that this economic climate is presenting the company”.

A “fine tuning” of operations at electrical retailer Bennetts could see the loss of about 27 jobs.

Bennetts, which has a branch in Great Yarmouth next to Matalan, said the business was being restructured to “meet the current challenges that this economic climate is presenting the company”.

The retailer is consulting staff over 27 posts at risk. An offer of voluntary redundancy could see about nine other jobs go.

Mike Jones, Bennetts managing director, said that none of the jobs at risk was in its retail operation and said the firm was looking to fill about 16 vacancies in its stores.


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Mr Jones said: “Bennetts is currently going through a restructuring process that is 'fine tuning' the business to meet the current challenges that this economic climate is presenting to the company.”

Staff working for a Wilkinsons across East Anglia are still waiting to hear how many jobs are being axed as the company slashes its operating costs.

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In November, management announced it was to reveal in February how many redundancies would be made across its 312 stores in England and Wales. It has stressed that the job cuts are not related to trading conditions, with the company experiencing “robust trading”.

It operates stores throughout the region, including Great Yarmouth and Gorleston.

On Monday the company, which employs a total of 25,000 staff, issued a new statement and revealed that, following consultation, the company had now briefed its employees who were likely to be affected. It said the job cuts are a result of the introduction of a new stock control and handling system.

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