Disappointment over job losses

BUROSTAT staff in Ipswich today spoke of their disappointment at the news that their company is relocating to Derbyshire with the loss of jobs.As revealed in the later editions of yesterday's Evening Star more jobs are to go at the Cavendish Street gift-making company – which achieved fame for its Karma Chameleon phones – than was first thought.

BUROSTAT staff in Ipswich today spoke of their disappointment at the news that their company is relocating to Derbyshire with the loss of jobs.

As revealed in the later editions of yesterday's Evening Star more jobs are to go at the Cavendish Street gift-making company – which achieved fame for its Karma Chameleon phones – than was first thought.

It had been hoped that 30 jobs from the 90 people employed at the firm could be saved by relocation, however virtually all the jobs are to go.

Staff at the site, who have been given the option of relocation, will have another month of work until it closes on April 30.

Melanie Riches, who has worked at the company for 15 years, said: "It's very sad to be going. There are people here who have worked here for years but what can you do?

"A lot of people have got commitments around here and can't really move up to Derbyshire. It was a shock when everybody was told but we've known for a while now."

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Another woman, who declined to be named, said: "People are pretty shell-shocked in there."

Another man, who has worked at the site for 15 years, said: "It bad for us and bad for Ipswich.

"We've got to be positive about things though. I've got a wife to support and a mortgage so you just have to get on with it."

Paul Lowe, managing director of Burostat, said "ongoing trading difficulties" meant that the proposal was made to transfer all operations from Burostat, in Ipswich, to Adpads, in Glossop.

He said: "It is with sincere regret that there will be about 90 job losses at Ipswich, but about 30 new jobs at Glossop. We are now talking to a number of employees at the Ipswich site with regards to possible relocation."

Although three key people will remain in Ipswich to maintain continuity with customers, many redundancies are inevitable.

Mr Lowe said: "We are very sad and sorry about this regrettable situation but we must do what we think is right by the business and in the best interests of our customers."

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