Vodafone to close HQ in Burton with 121 job losses

Vodafone to close HQ in Burton with 121 job losses
Vodafone has announced the closure of its UK headquarters in Burton with the loss of 121 jobs.
The news was broken to employees of Vodafone Business Services at The Maltings on Wetmore Road on Wednesday.
The company says it hopes to create positions elsewhere through new centres of excellence in customer service and technology.
Vodafone plans to close the Burton building by March 2015 while it says the new customer services and technology centres will be located in cities around the country.
The changes are part of a review of Vodafone’s operations following the acquisition of Cable & Wireless Worldwide in July 2012 for £1.04bn. 
Cable & Wireless Worldwide services covered managed voice, data and IP-based operations for multinationals, government offices, carriers and resellers.
The company operated in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa.
'As part of the integration of Cable & Wireless Worldwide, which we acquired in 2012, we carried out a comprehensive review of our property portfolio across the UK,' said a spokesperson for Vodafone.
The review recommended investing resources in creating a smaller number of state-of-the-art, specialist Centres of Excellence, with the focus on customer services and technology.
According to the Vodafone spokesperson, the new centres will be located in Glasgow, Manchester, Stoke and Newark, with technology hubs planned for Birmingham, Bracknell, Glasgow, Manchester and Newbury.
'These centres will bring people and skills together in the same locations – in new and refurbished buildings - so they can work better to provide the highest level of service for our customers.'


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