Potential 100 job losses following move of B&Q depot in Radlett

PUBLISHED: 06:00 09 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 09 November 2016

B&Q will be handing the keys back to the landlord at the end of the month.

B&Q will be handing the keys back to the landlord at the end of the month.

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A popular DIY store has allegedly made 100 of its employees redundant after closing one of its distribution centres.

The B&Q depot, in Colney Street near Radlett, closed its doors last week and will continue distribution from different locations.

According to a member of staff, who did not want to be named, all workers at the distribution centre had lost their jobs as a result of the move.

He claimed that 100 people had been made redundant and distribution had been moved to Swindon and Doncaster following an announcement to staff in the middle of the year. However, he said that some employees were given the opportunity to work at the new locations.

He went on: “They weren’t all offered it because distance-wise it’s not practical and so the majority were offered redundancy.

“They’re all unemployed now apart from those who managed to get jobs; we have had one or two agencies come on site and interview various people for jobs and so one or two have got that.”

A spokesperson for B&Q confirmed that distribution has been moved to keep up with the “fast-paced industry requirements”

He said: “B&Q has moved its distribution work from Radlett to alternative locations and will be fully vacating the site at the end of November when our lease expires and we hand the site back to the landlord.”

A spokesperson for Wincanton, the logistics provider for B&Q, said: “Following B&Q’s decision to consolidate their fulfilment and delivery operations in Radlett, which will result in the closure of the current site and transfer to Doncaster and Swindon, we are working with B&Q to ensure that all employees are provided with the required support throughout this transition.”

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