10/2/2008 3:17:00 PM
Fone Logistics takes legal action against former employees
Fone Logistics is looking to the law courts after two of its former direct sales managers left the company to start up their own business.
The Newcastle-based distributor claimed that the two former employees attempted to poach 500 customers after they left the company. The former sales managers, Charlie Shilston and Bryan McGeachie, who headed up direct sales arm ‘Active’, also took five members of the Active workforce for their new startup company which would compete with Fone Logistics.
Sources have told Mobile that the staff left because they were not paid bonuses and commission, a claim which Fone Logistics denies.
The departures halved Active’s 12-strong work force, but Fone Logistics’ MD Ian Gillespie (pictured, above) claims that all the vacant positions have now been filled.
Gillespie told Mobile: ‘I cannot say much because we are taking legal action. The two guys were perfectly entitled to leave the company and start their own, but then they wrote to 500 of our customers. Active is back up to full strength now.’
Active is based in two offices, one at Sheffield and one in Northumberland.