Following Nisbets’ recent announcement that up to 800 staff could sadly be made redundant as part of a restructuring programme, UK MD Robin White has reached out to those on the receiving end of those measures.
Many redundant Nisbets staff have taken to LinkedIn to try and find new roles, and White has now pledged that the catering equipment giant will try to help them in this endeavour.
In a statement posted on the same social media platform, he wrote: “We’d like to take a minute to acknowledge what colleagues at Nisbets and Mitre Linen have been going through this week.
“The Covid crisis has hit our business hard, as it has the whole hospitality industry, and this week we had to break the news to many of our colleagues that they are at risk of redundancy.
“It’s been extraordinarily hard and heart wrenching for all of our colleagues, both those delivering the news, and those receiving it.”
He acknowledged: “You may have seen many of these colleagues speak out on LinkedIn to ask for help and support to find new roles elsewhere. We admire this and encourage everyone to help in any way they can. They have shown extraordinary professionalism and support for each other and we have loved seeing the shares, likes and connections being made.
“We’d like to thank them publically here in the LinkedIn community. We know these colleagues will go far in their careers. As we’ve told them, the changes that we need to make have nothing to do with their hard work and dedication to Nisbets and Mitre.”
White further detailed: “Our commitment to our colleagues continues over the next few months and we want to do what we can to ease their transition into new roles. We are compiling a list of resources for colleagues to connect them to people, information and businesses that may be able to help them find new roles elsewhere.
“This includes career opportunities, mental and physical health resources, CV support or career coaching.”
He encouraged anyone who could assist, particularly in the South West region where most Nisbets’ employees are based, to email the company at the following address: email@example.com
Those facing redundancy at the Bristol-based dealer are from all business areas including internal sales, contact centre advisors, external sales, HR, finance, marketing and warehouse operatives.
White hailed them as making “fantastic employees for other companies”, adding: “We can provide references for these colleagues on request.”