Lingerie firm to go with loss of 70 jobs

The Triumph distribution centre at Groundwell Industrial Estate is to be shut down

The Triumph distribution centre at Groundwell Industrial Estate is to be shut down

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TRIUMPH is pulling the plug on its distribution centre in Swindon four years after setting up a new arrangement with logistics firm Menlo.

In 2010, Menlo came in at the lingerie firm’s Groundwell Industrial Estate base and operated the distribution side of the business on behalf of the lingerie firm.

Yesterday, in an announcement to more than 70 staff at the Blunsdon House Hotel, bosses at Menlo had to tell employees their jobs would cease to exist as of June 9.

A spokesman for Triumph said: “Triumph UK has announced its decision to shift distribution services from its distribution partner Menlo in Swindon to Triumph’s distribution centre in Obernai, France.

“It is anticipated the transitional process will begin in June 2014. This decision to in-source and streamline our corporate DC activities are in line with the company’s global objectives regarding cost and efficiency.

“The company’s sales and operating functions are not affected.”

A worker at the Swindon warehouse, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “Our HR department phoned me this afternoon to say Triumph International will be leaving Swindon from June 9.

“This came completely out of the blue. We were summoned to the Blunsdon House Hotel where they received the information.

“We have not really had any suspicions about this but when you work somewhere for as long as some of us have you start to spot the signs and think there is something funny going on.

“I think the HR department were just as shocked as us. It certainly came as a surprise to come half way through the day to be summoned to a meeting like that.

“At the last quarterly meeting there was no indication of any problems at all.

“Because they are going back to Europe, where they have got their main offices, they are offering us the option to relocate, but that is not something I am planning on taking up at all.

“They have given us eight weeks in total, which is not enough time.

“What is most shocking is that we were getting all the work out that we needed to and going over and above what was expected of us.”

Another warehouse operative, who also chose to remain anonymous, said: “Although we were doing well, keeping costs down, Triumph decided to take it all across to Obernai.

“They did mention the word redundancies, but there is nothing yet known on packages. There were some agency workers, but the majority were contracted.

“We had lots of orders and we were doing well. They’ve just pulled the plug.

“We are now going to get together and form a committee of workers from the shop floor, so we are well represented over the next few weeks.”

Sheila Hamilton, managing director at Triumph, said: “Triumph UK is committed to its business in the UK as well as continuous product innovation, and intends to maintain its market leadership through our superior product portfolio, world-class marketing and excellent customer service.

“We very much value the relationship with our wholesale partners, and this will in no way disrupt our service to our wholesale or retail channels.”

Triumph International was established in Heubach, Württemberg, Germany in 1896 and its bras were first sold in Britain eight years later.

It opened its first Swindon factory in Cheney Manor in the late 1950s.

Later it acquired a second factory at Stratton and at one time employed hundreds of Swindon women as sewing machinists.

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10:38am Tue 15 Apr 14

John Trollston says...

Another company pulling out of Swindon.We are heading the way of Perterborough full of low skilled economic workers claiming tax credits and child support in a depressing Town built on warehouses and supermarkets.

The town population continues to grow on average by 20% each year were are the companies creating the jobs to support this influx from outside?
Another company pulling out of Swindon.We are heading the way of Perterborough full of low skilled economic workers claiming tax credits and child support in a depressing Town built on warehouses and supermarkets. The town population continues to grow on average by 20% each year were are the companies creating the jobs to support this influx from outside? John Trollston
  • Score: 23

10:44am Tue 15 Apr 14

Crepe Suzette says...

When companies pull out of towns/countries for nothing more that profit related reasons, then we should stop buying their products. I wonder really if people will actually do this.
When companies pull out of towns/countries for nothing more that profit related reasons, then we should stop buying their products. I wonder really if people will actually do this. Crepe Suzette
  • Score: 7

11:16am Tue 15 Apr 14

Alex English says...

@Crepe Suzette: are you suggesting that commercial companies should effectively act as employment charities?

What we should be asking is why our economic balance and employment legislation does not allow our workforce to compete with workers in France, who in theory, due to being members of the EU, should be operating on a roughly level playing field.
@Crepe Suzette: are you suggesting that commercial companies should effectively act as employment charities? What we should be asking is why our economic balance and employment legislation does not allow our workforce to compete with workers in France, who in theory, due to being members of the EU, should be operating on a roughly level playing field. Alex English
  • Score: 7

11:30am Tue 15 Apr 14

Crepe Suzette says...

No, I am not suggesting that but when companies move for nothing more than boosting their profits should we help them by continuing to buy their goods ? Personally, I don't believe we should.
No, I am not suggesting that but when companies move for nothing more than boosting their profits should we help them by continuing to buy their goods ? Personally, I don't believe we should. Crepe Suzette
  • Score: 5

12:05pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Alex English says...

Maybe we have different purchasing methods, but I don't buy any products to help the company that made them. I buy them because I want, or need, them and they're the best suited to my budget and requirements.
Maybe we have different purchasing methods, but I don't buy any products to help the company that made them. I buy them because I want, or need, them and they're the best suited to my budget and requirements. Alex English
  • Score: 6

1:29pm Tue 15 Apr 14

house on the hill says...

Crepe Suzette wrote:
When companies pull out of towns/countries for nothing more that profit related reasons, then we should stop buying their products. I wonder really if people will actually do this.
Of course they dont, the same reason you shop around for the best deal, firms will of course do the same to remain competitive and increase their profit. its the cost of doing business in today's world. If you want cheap prices, companies will continue to have to shop around. If you knew something was cheaper in the shop down the road you would go there like we all do, its just basic supply and demand.
[quote][p][bold]Crepe Suzette[/bold] wrote: When companies pull out of towns/countries for nothing more that profit related reasons, then we should stop buying their products. I wonder really if people will actually do this.[/p][/quote]Of course they dont, the same reason you shop around for the best deal, firms will of course do the same to remain competitive and increase their profit. its the cost of doing business in today's world. If you want cheap prices, companies will continue to have to shop around. If you knew something was cheaper in the shop down the road you would go there like we all do, its just basic supply and demand. house on the hill
  • Score: 2

7:17pm Tue 15 Apr 14

BeardyBill says...

Crepe Suzette wrote:
When companies pull out of towns/countries for nothing more that profit related reasons, then we should stop buying their products. I wonder really if people will actually do this.
Well said.....the bottom line is all corporates understand.
[quote][p][bold]Crepe Suzette[/bold] wrote: When companies pull out of towns/countries for nothing more that profit related reasons, then we should stop buying their products. I wonder really if people will actually do this.[/p][/quote]Well said.....the bottom line is all corporates understand. BeardyBill
  • Score: 0

7:19pm Tue 15 Apr 14

BeardyBill says...

Alex English wrote:
Maybe we have different purchasing methods, but I don't buy any products to help the company that made them. I buy them because I want, or need, them and they're the best suited to my budget and requirements.
But you can still choose include other factors. Consumer boycotts have worked in the past.
[quote][p][bold]Alex English[/bold] wrote: Maybe we have different purchasing methods, but I don't buy any products to help the company that made them. I buy them because I want, or need, them and they're the best suited to my budget and requirements.[/p][/quote]But you can still choose include other factors. Consumer boycotts have worked in the past. BeardyBill
  • Score: 1

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