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Nisbets UK MD: “Extraordinarily hard and heart-wrenching time for all of our colleagues”

Robin White, managing director, UK and Ireland

Nisbets has pledged to support workers it has made redundant by helping them find new roles elsewhere.

The company is in the process of laying off 800 employees in response to a downturn in sales caused by the coronavirus pandemic, with the majority based in the UK.

Hundreds of staff were told their fate last week, with dozens taking to LinkedIn to confirm their change in employment status.

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On Friday evening, Nisbets took the step of issuing its own statement through the platform and revealed that it is compiling a list of resources to help staff who lost their jobs get back on their feet.

Robin White, managing director UK and Ireland at Nisbets, said: “We’d like to take a minute to acknowledge what colleagues at Nisbets and Mitre Linen have been going through this week.

“The Covid crisis has hit our business hard, as it has the whole hospitality industry, and this week we had to break the news to many of our colleagues that they are at risk of redundancy. It’s been extraordinarily hard and heart-wrenching for all of our colleagues, both those delivering the news, and those receiving it.

“You may have seen many of these colleagues speak out on LinkedIn to ask for help and support to find new roles elsewhere. We admire this and encourage everyone to help in any way they can. They have shown extraordinary professionalism and support for each other and we have loved seeing the shares, likes and connections being made. We’d like to thank them publicly here in the LinkedIn community.

“We know these colleagues will go far in their careers. As we’ve told them, the changes that we need to make have nothing to do with their hard work and dedication to Nisbets and Mitre.”

Mr White said the company’s commitment to its former colleagues would continue over the “next few months” and added that it wants do what it can to ease their transition into new roles.

“We are compiling a list of resources for colleagues to connect them to people, information and businesses that may be able to help them find new roles elsewhere. This includes career opportunities, mental and physical health resources, CV support or career coaching,” he said.

Mr White said that anybody who can help with the above – particularly in the South West region where the majority of Bristol-based Nisbets’ workforce is based – can get in touch with it on covid19info@nisbets.co.uk

He stressed that Nisbets will include genuine offers in this list of resources.

“We have colleagues in all business areas including internal sales, contact centre advisors, external sales, HR, finance, marketing and warehouse operatives who will make fantastic employees for other companies. We can provide references for these colleagues on request,” he said.

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