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Npower to merge two sites in Leeds

Npower has announced plans to merge its Scarcroft and Limewood sites in Leeds.

The Scarcroft lease ends in April 2018 and the owners have development plans for the site; we plan to vacate by December 2017. In line with our strategy to consolidate sites wherever possible, we intend to relocate and accommodate our Scarcroft people at our Limewood site. This will involve upgrading the existing Limewood office to facilitate working in an Agile way.”

– Npower spokesperson
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Npower workers 'paying price for management errors'

Npower is axing 2,400 jobs Credit: PA

Trade union Unison has called today's loss of 2,400 npower jobs "a devastating blow to the workforce" and said that staff are paying the price for mistakes in management.

Npower has been in trouble for some time thanks to poor decision-making at the very top, and workers are now paying the price.

The company's failure to invest properly in new systems has left it with one of the worst customer service records in the business.

– Unison general secretary Dave Prentis


Union response to npower announcement

The Union GMB says it is "disappointed" at npower's announcement but "stands ready to work with the company" to ensure continuing employment for its members.

GMB is disappointed that hard-working members, many of whom have experienced significant disruption and uncertainty over the past 12 months, are set for more uncertainty over the next 12.

GMB members, in particular those in customer-facing roles, have been instrumental in helping the company to turn around the retail business and we deserve to know the full picture as soon as possible.

GMB stands ready to work with the company to continue to provide professional jobs for thousands of members across the UK.

– Eamon O'Hearn, GMB

Npower confirms 2,400 job losses

Disappointing results

The energy company npower has confirmed it is to axe 2,400 jobs as it starts a two-year recovery programme.

The company employs 1200 people in Leeds and over 500 people also work for the firm at a call centre in Hull. Npower has announced its 26 current sites are to be reduced to three regional hubs - but it is still not known if either of the Leeds and Hull sites will be affected.

In a statement npower says its two year recovery programme will make extensive cost savings to help turn around the significant losses made in 2015 and return the company to profitability.

The job losses would include "a mix of those who work directly and indirectly for npower."

Npower takes its responsibilities to its employees seriously and will consult fully with affected employees and with unions over its proposals for the future of the business.

– Npower spokesperson

Npower results continue the trend seen earlier in 2015, but they are nonetheless extremely disappointing and we are starting a two year process to fix them. They show a business that tried to do too much, too soon while not focusing enough on the fundamentals in a constantly changing market. This led to over complicated processes and procedures resulting in unhappy customers, too many complaints and extra costs to put things right.

– Paul Coffey, CEO RWE npow

134 jobs at risk as Brantano footwear goes into adminstration

134 jobs are at risk in our region after the discount shoe retailer Brantano went into administration.

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The administrators announced that 2,000 staff are at risk nationally in 140 stores and 60 concessions.

In Yorkshire and the Humber, the figure is around 139 staff in 12 stores.

The stores and the number of staff at risk are listed below:

  • Barnsley 9
  • Bradford 9
  • Doncaster Wheatley 10
  • Guiseley 20
  • Hull Anlaby 14
  • Hull Kingswood 12
  • Keighley 10
  • Leeds Seacroft 2
  • Scarborough 8
  • Selby 12
  • Sheffield Healey 12
  • Wakefield 16


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Hundreds of jobs to go at Boulby Potash in Cleveland

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Hundreds of jobs are to go at Boulby Potash Mine in East Cleveland, the company has confirmed this morning.

Cleveland Potash is Europe's deepest potash mine and produces and supplies potash fertilisers for agriculture and industry.

It employs around 1,100 people and today's announcement has said that 350 jobs are to go immediately.

Consultation has begun on 220 job losses amongst its employees and there will be a reduction of 140 contractor numbers.

The company unveiled a "significant restructuring" of its operations including moving from producing potash to polysulphate fertiliser.

Peter Smith, executive vice president, said the restructuring, although "painful", was vital to secure the future of ICL UK as a viable business.

In recent months we encountered geological problems which have affected previously high-yielding areas of the mine. In addition, our exploration programme, validated by independent consultants, confirmed further geological difficulties, which means that we have only a very limited level of economically feasible potash reserves

– Peter Smith

Around 2,000 jobs were lost on Teesside earlier this year with the liquidation of SSI.

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