300 jobs at risk as GDHA seeks to ‘secure its future’

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) has said that 300 staff may face redundancy as a result of a ‘significant change’ to the business.

The proposal, announced today, sets out to ‘realign’ its operations in a bid to secure the future of the business.

GDHA said it had seen a negative impact on its financial performance as a consequence of the consolidation of UK retailers and among major domestic appliance manufacturers, as well as changing consumer trends.

The company is proposing to exit loss-making segments of the market, outsource the manufacture of certain products, and invest in products that are more economically viable to produce at its Prescot manufacturing site in Merseyside.

Andy Griffiths (pictured), chief executive of Glen Dimplex Consumer Appliances, said: “It is with a heavy heart that we are today 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 going forward.”

GDHA said that up to 300 redundancies are likely to occur at the Prescot site, which employs 1,000 permanent workers.

The company will enter into consultation with the Unite and Community unions and consult with employee representatives over the coming months. Any staff changes will commence from August 2018.