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HRP's HQ staff at risk of redundancy

HRP’s HQ staff at risk of redundancy as Beijer Ref looks to consolidate wholesale operations in Leeds - 42 jobs at risk

Wholesale giant Beijer Ref has moved ahead with the expected consolidation of its UK operations, following the November purchase of HRP, putting the 42 staff at HRP’s HQ and distribution hub at Rougham in Suffolk (pictured) on three months’ redundancy consultation.

It is understood that ten staff have been offered the option of relocating to the Leeds offices of sister company Dean & Wood.

At the time of purchase, Beijer chief executive Per Bertland said that HRP would continue to be run as a separate brand, but he noted that the HRP business had experienced profitability problems, leading to speculation that the operation would be downsized, as part of the consolidation.

Mr Bertland said: ”Through the joint group affiliation, we will be able to offer even better service and more efficient logistics, which improves our total offer in a competitive market.”

The Rougham site was believed to be owned by HRP so is expected to be sold to realise additional funds for Beijer.

HRP celebrated its 70th birthday last year, before Beijer Ref bought the remaining shares in the company from the owning Curtis family.in November.

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