10/14/2009 11:05:00 AM
Up to 60 jobs under threat at 20:20 Mobile
Up to 60 jobs are at risk at 20:20 Mobile after the UK’s largest distributor started its fourth round of job cuts last month.
Around 60 staff were notified by the distributor that they were going to be put ‘on consultation’ with the view that some would be made redundant. One person has already taken voluntary redundancy, Mobile understands.
Lee Draper and Neil Brookes, who both worked in 20:20’s managed services division headed up by David Hinc, have also left the business.
The first round of job cuts started in August 2008, when MD James Browning ?took the helm. It is believed that around 100 jobs have been cut since the process started.
Mobile understands a management restructure is also likely, after sales director Nick Ryan left the business suddenly, for ‘personal reasons’.
Sources said Jon Miller, sales director in charge of MVNOs, and Steve Sanghera, sales director responsible for the dealer channel, could see their roles change as a result.
A company spokesman said: ‘20:20 can confirm there have been a small number of redundancies, the majority of which were voluntary.
‘This has been driven by further opportunities to increase efficiencies on the back of the merger of 20:20 Logistics, Dextra solutions and Caudwell Logistics into one larger company last year.’
20:20 Mobile is Europe’s leading distributor of mobile phones and accessories and employs over 1,500 people worldwide.
Browning said: ‘Successful distribution businesses must always ensure they operate on as efficient a cost base as possible.
‘Following the successful merger of the businesses last year, we have made a small reduction in headcount, which fortunately was largely done via voluntary redundancy.’