Over 100 jobs set to go in factory closure

MORE than 100 poeple look set to lose their jobs with the closure of a Daventry warehouse.

Carphone Warehouse announced on Monday that it would be closing down its 11 UK Best Buy shops before the end of the year after reporting losses of £46.7 million for the half-year to 30 September.

Although there are no stores in the Daventry area, the town does have one of the chain’s two Wincanton distribution warehouses which employs 110 people.

The Best Buy contract is handled at Wincanton’s shared user site in Nasmyth Road on the town’s Drayton Fields industrial estate.

Wincanton has now started consulting the affected staff.

A spokesman for Wincanton said: “Should this proposal go ahead, the operations undertaken on behalf of Best Buy at Wincanton’s shared user sites in Daventry and Greenford will finish at a date to be agreed.

“This will affect 110 employees who are assigned to the Best Buy contract in Daventry and Wincanton is immediately entering into formal consultation with them.

“Both Best Buy and Wincanton wish to make it clear that this is in no way a reflection of the commitment and contribution of the Wincanton teams for Best Buy at Daventry and Greenford.”

Cllr Chris Over, Daventry District Council’s economic, employment and regeneration portfolio holder, said: “Firstly, this is obviously a blow for those people affected, particularly in the run-up to Christmas. I would hope that they could be redirected elsewhere in the Wincanton fold if at all possible.

“It is also a blow for the wider town and district as well.

“We are trying to encourage businesses and retailers to come to the town as part of our aspirations to improve its offering.”