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Shock closure of 100-year-old firm means 130 jobs gone

More than 130 staff face a grim Christmas after the shock closure of a 100-year-old laundry business with hundreds of clients across the South East.

Employees broke down in tears as they were told that White Knight Laundry Services, based in Eastbourne, was going into administration.

And shock turned to anger as employees learned that the owner of the business - who took over less than a year ago - had watched the announcement via CCTV from his London office. John Ryall reports.

The interviewees are: June Turner, a former employee; Darren Fuller, a former employee and Judith Blincow, Hotelier.

Hundreds of jobs to go at Shell

800 posts will be lost at the Shell offices in Reading Credit: ITV News

It has just been announced that 800 jobs are to go in Reading after Shell announced it is to close its offices at Thames Valley Park.

It follows a worldwide restructure by the oil company. Workers at Reading after being offered a voluntary severance package or they can relocate to Shell offices in London


Zurich statement:

We understand that these changes mean difficult messages for some of our employees, and we are committed to minimising the impact on people by reducing job numbers through redeployment, natural turnover and voluntary measures wherever possible.

“However, we have to make sure that we can flexibly adapt our operational model and processes to meet constantly changing market conditions. That means simplifying our claims structure to ensure we have the right number of people to deliver our services.”

– Tony Emms, Chief Claims Officer, Zurich UK

Zurich to cut more than 100 jobs

Zurich has announced restructuring plans which will result in the loss of 121 jobs at it's two sites in Whiteley and Glasgow.

The insurance company will re-structure it's UK personal lines car and home claims handling teams. Those operations will transfer to its subsidiary based in Cheltenham.

Zurich Insurance based at Whiteley in Hampshire Credit: ITV Meridian

These changes which will affect people working in the home claims department are expected to start taking place from March next year.

Hundreds of jobs at risk at Sussex company

Hundreds of jobs are at risk after a pharmaceutical company announced it is looking to close its site in Horsham in West Sussex.

The proposals at Novartis will impact up to 371 roles and a further 170 contract roles.

The company says will be subject to an employee consultation process.

In a statement the company said: "We understand that this will be a difficult time for potentially affected employees, their families and the wider Horsham community given the links the company has in the area.

"We will work closely with everyone affected, to make the process as straightforward and smooth as possible.

"Proposals are part of the company’s ongoing efforts to align resources to better serve patients and customers in a challenging healthcare marketplace.


HMV to close three stores in region

The administrators of Music retailer HMV are to close sixty-six stores including three in the Meridian region, in a move that will cut almost 1,000 jobs. Branches in Camberley, Bournemouth Castlepoint and Walton-on-Thames will shut in the next one to two months. The chain currently has 220 stores.

The administrators 'Deloitte' were called in to the struggling retailer last month, and a restructure is underway. Deloitte said the shops facing closure are all loss-making.

However there are hopes that a rescue deal may be forthcoming after Hilco, the company behind HMVCanada bought the firm's debt.

"This step has been taken in order to enhance the prospects of securing the business' future as a going concern.

"We continue to receive strong support from staff and are extremely grateful to them for their commitment during an understandably difficult period."

– Nick Edwards, Administrator of HMV

Will Southampton cuts affect jobs?

Worried staff have been left guessing their fate tonight after council bosses announced they must save tens of millions of pounds - but haven't explained how they'll do it.

Today, Southampton City Council announced it was reversing a pay cut introduced by the previous conservative administration - as well as saving £40 million over the next two years. But, in its first mini budget, the leader only outlined savings of around 2.5 million.

So how will they claw back the rest of the deficit - and what does the future hold for staff and services. Richard Jones reports.

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