Marshalls to axe more jobs

Landscaping firm Marshalls could axe jobs in Halifax following a sharp decline in sales.

A "small number of jobs" are up for redundancy - initially in Marshalls head office - according to group marketing director Chris Harrop.

Consultation on the redundancies began yesterday (3 December).

An internal memo was sent to workers informing them of the potential job losses across the company's operations, administration and management sectors.

A 30-day consultation period is now taking place.

Chris Harrop said: "There are companies across the country going through this.
"We are making sure the businesses are the right size and shape for where we see the economy going forward."

Marshalls chief operating officer David Sarti said: "Any reduction in employment is regrettable and not undertaken lightly.

"Wherever practically possible we have committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies through accepting volunteers or reducing our current limited commitment to agency labour."

Marshalls has seen a sharp decline in sales to the domestic market, as well as to the public sector and commercial sectors in recent months.
Marshalls announced the closure of two manufacturing sites in Cannock, Staffordshire, and Sawley, Nottinghamshire, in July.

The move saw 140 people lose their jobs and the firm has now clawed back £4 million from stock at the sites.
Marshalls Group's revenue for the four months to 31 October 2008 was down 9.7% on last year at £128 million (2007: £141 million).

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