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Published on April 27th, 2018 | by The GC Team

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Jobs to go at GDHA as business restructures

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) today announced proposals to realign its operations, a move intended to secure the future of the privately-owned UK business.

The proposals are expected to have an impact on jobs at the firm’s Prescot manufacturing site, which currently employs 1,000 permanent workers.

GDHA said the proposed changes are likely to result in up to 300 potential redundancies over the course of the year, commencing from August 2018.

The proposals under consideration by the firm – a proud and active ‘Made in Britain’ supporter – include exiting loss-making segments of the market, outsourcing the manufacture of certain products, and investment in products which are more economically viable to produce in Prescot.

The company today said in a statement: “Consolidation of major UK retailers and amongst Major Domestic Appliance (MDA) manufacturers, as well as changing consumer trends, have led to a negative impact on GDHA’s financial performance. Today’s announcement is seen as necessary to ensure a viable GDHA business in the future.”

“It is with a heavy heart that we are today announcing this significant change to our business,” said Andy Griffiths, Chief Executive, Glen Dimplex Consumer Appliances. “We are incredibly proud of our people and our long-standing history of manufacturing at this site, and we know how tough this news will be on our colleagues. Sadly, these proposals are necessary to ensure a viable GDHA business going forward.”

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances will enter into consultation with the Unite and Community unions and will also be consulting with employee representatives over the coming months.

The company, owner of cooking and refrigeration brands Stoves, Belling, New World, Lec and Britannia, which it acquired in 2013, said it is offering its full support to all colleagues during this period.

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