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14th May 2018
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GDHA to shed up to 300 jobs at its Prescot, Merseyside cooker factory
Glen Dimplex Home Appliances is planning to cut almost 300 jobs from its 1,000-strong workforce in Prescot, Merseyside. The company says that changes on the High Street have affected sales and that it needs to cut costs and change its product range if it is to remain viable.
In a statement issued on Friday, the company said: "The proposed changes are likely to result in up to 300 potential redundancies over the course of the year, commencing from August 2018.
"Consolidation of major UK retailers and among major domestic appliance 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.
"The proposals under consideration 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."
Commenting on the announcement, GDHA CEO Andy Griffiths said: "It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing this significant change to our business.
"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."
GDHA has said that it is to consult with trade unions Unite and Community, as well as with individual staff.
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