Jewson on the move
LONG-ESTABLISHED Ipswich building materials company Jewson, is closing its Cliff Quay wood depot at the end of the month.But there will be no loss of jobs or service to customers as wood sales will be made from the company's extended Greyfriars branch.
LONG-ESTABLISHED Ipswich building materials company Jewson, is closing its Cliff Quay wood depot at the end of the month.
But there will be no loss of jobs or service to customers as wood sales will be made from the company's extended Greyfriars branch.
Area director Jonathan King told The Evening Star today that the £500,000 improvements to Greyfriars were almost completed and with the company growing nationally, Cliff Quay was not big enough.
"All the work done at Cliff Quay will be transferred to our multi-million pound plant in Hull and with there being 23 vacancies at branches close to Ipswich, no jobs will be lost as a result," he said.
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Mr King said that although 24 staff are currently employed at Cliff Quay, three people were retiring which overall meant they would be recruiting one extra person in this area.
Staff have already begun applying for vacancies at Greyfriars, Martlesham Heath, Stowmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Colchester and Jewson is already in to a 30 day consultation period with them.
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"The company is undergoing a successful organic growth and this move is part of that process.
"Customers wanting to buy timber for shelves etc., will go straight to Greyfriars instead of picking it up at the port. Orders for wood are already made through this branch so the only difference is where it is collected," he added.
Jewsons was formed in Ipswich about 100 years ago as William Brown's Timber Merchants.
The company now employs 8,000 nationally with 300 of them in Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.