A Teesside call centre is to close with the loss of 500 jobs. The Direct Line Group has started consultations with staff over plans to axe a total of 900 jobs across the country. It will mean the closure of the centre in Stockton.
The group, which owns the Churchill and Green Flag brands and employs around 15 thousand staff in total is planning the redundancies as part of a £100 million cost-saving programme.
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