Gregory Distribution has blamed significant decreases in business due to coronavirus as the reason being its decision to cut 100 jobs from its 2,700 strong workforce.
Angela Butler, managing director of Gregory Distribution said that during lockdown the majority of its business has remained busy, although she said that there were some areas which had seen “significant reductions” in volumes.
“Thankfully the majority of the areas which have been adversely affected are expected to recover fully. However, some areas will remain significantly impacted throughout the lockdown and then beyond due to the impact of Covid-19 on the wider economy,” she said.
“Unfortunately, it has been necessary to review staff levels within the areas of the business that have declined as a result of difficulties faced by our customers but we have worked very hard to limit the impact on our people and we are now looking at the possibility of up to 100 redundancies spread across a number of locations.”
Butler said it had been a very difficult decision and Gregory would endeavour to keep job losses to a minimum, reassigning people where possible and giving them every assistance to find a new job.
“We value all of our people who have been exceptionally loyal and committed. We very much regret the need for any redundancies, but this unprecedented situation has made it necessary to maintain the health of the company and to protect its remaining 2,700 employees for the future.”