08:00 Friday 16 November 2012

It's good news and bad news on jobs

Written byROB SMYTH and ADRIAN JENKINS

THE UK’s largest arts and crafts retailer is creating more than 100 jobs in Burton — but one of the town’s brewing giants may axe up to 20 staff.

online newsHobbycraft will recruit scores of workers as it invests £2.5 million after agreeing a 15-year lease on a massive warehouse on the Centrum 100 site.

Michael Bowering, who represents the area for the Tories on East Staffordshire Borough Council, said: “If the warehouse is going to come into use and create jobs in Burton, I’m delighted.”

But the sweet taste of success for the town’s economy was soured slightly by Molson Coors’ announcement that between 15 and 20 jobs in its IT department are threatened following a companywide review about skills needed to meet industry challenges.

A spokesman said: “It is with regret that this will impact some of our people based in Burton as well as those in our offices across the world.”

Brewery support staff are facing redundancy

A BURTON brewing giant has announced that between 15 to 20 jobs are under threat as a result of a ‘global restructuring programme’.

Molson Coors, based in High Street, confirmed that a ‘number of roles’ from the IT department were being cut as part of a company-wide review.

Twenty-three employees are currently facing redundancy with the firm revealing that it is in discussion with three individuals about taking up an alternative role within Coors.

A spokesman for the firm told the Mail: “The decision to restructure the information technology team follows a global-wide study, looking at the future needs of the business and the skills required to meet the industry challenges.

“It is with regret that this will impact some of our people based in Burton as well as those in our offices across the world.

“Our priority is to now work with those affected in order to find the best available solution for them.

“This does include looking at alternative roles within the business if appropriate.”

This announcement comes just weeks after it was revealed that the firm would be combining its UK and Ireland operations with its recently acquired business in nine central European countries to form Molson Coors Europe as of January 1 next year.

Speculation soon arose that this could see the firm scrap its head office in the town after it was announced that the headquarters of Molson Coors Europe would be based in Prague.

However, these rumours were quickly dismissed as the berwer pledged its commitment to Burton and insisted that its head office would remain in the town.

The firm also pledged its commitment to Burton last year after unveiling plans to spend £75 million over more than five years on its facilities in the town.

The plans will see an energy centre, a new bottling line and a beer processing plant that it is hoped will safeguard the company’s position in Burton in the long term.

Craft retail giant has job creation down to a fine art

THE UK’s largest arts and crafts retailer is creating more than 100 jobs in Burton after leasing a whopping warehouse.

Hobbycraft is investing about £2.5 million after striking a 15-year deal with global property group Goodman for the 213,240sq ft unit at First Point, on Centrum 100.

James Yates, the firm’s property director, said: “We are pleased to secure this new national distribution facility.

“It will support our ambitious growth plans over the coming years.”

Hobbycraft’s investment has been hailed ‘a shot in the arm’ for Burton’s economy.

Mick Bowering, who represents the Branston ward for the Conservatives on East Staffordshire Borough Council, which includes the First Point site, said: “If the warehouse is going to come into use and create jobs in Burton, I’m delighted with that.

“Hobbycraft has identified it can save 18 months to two years by moving into a facility that has already been constructed.

“They are saving time and getting on with it. There are other facilities in the area exactly the same that I’m sure will be taken up in exactly the same way.

“We have empty warehouses but we have the facilities and the road infrastructure.

“We are ready for the upturn.”

Councillor Bowering said he hoped the jobs would be permanent ‘companyemployed’ vacancies rather than agency positions.

Hobbycraft was represented by CBRE during three months of negotiations with First Point leasing agents BNP Paribas, Jones Lang LaSalle and Savills.

Expected to occupy the entire Burton Logistics Centre site at some point this month, Hobbycraft will gain a unit located just one mile from the A38 and affording easy access to Midlands and UK markets.

Jason Harris, commercial director of Goodman UK Logistics, said: “This letting is one of the largest in the market this year and reinforces the continued interest from customers, in particular UK retailers, in prime industrial and logistics property.”

Goodman has invested £75 million in infrastructure across its UK land bank, which comprises more than 800 acres of prime sites capable of delivering 14 million sq ft (1.3 million sq m) of bespoke development.

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