200 are axed as Bent­ley sales plunge

Daily Express - - NEWS - By Paul Broster

LUX­URY car maker Bent­ley is to axe up to 200 of its work­ers be­cause of fall­ing sales, it was re­vealed yes­ter­day.

In the lat­est ex­am­ple of im­pend­ing re­ces­sion, the com­pany has in­vited staff at its base in Crewe, Cheshire, to ap­ply for vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy.

Bent­ley spokesman Mike Hawes said: “We have seen global mar­kets con­tinue to de­cline. All the tur­moil in the mar­kets has had an im­pact on con­sumers.”

Thou­sands of Bent­ley work­ers have also been told to take five weeks off at Christ­mas.

They will be paid dur­ing the shut­down, but if the mar­ket re­cov­ers they will be re­quired to make up for time off by work­ing the equiv­a­lent pe­riod without pay.

Stunned

The lat­est an­nounce­ment comes soon af­ter some pro­duc­tion line staff were shifted to a three-day week.

The com­pany, with a pay­roll of 3,800, is try­ing to re­duce its 400 con­trac­tors by re-train­ing staff to do their work.

Bosses said they had re­ceived a “pos­i­tive re­sponse” to the vol­un­tary re­dun­dancy scheme.

The an­nounce­ment stunned lo­cal politi­cians. Crewe and Nantwich coun­cil­lor Ray Stafford said: “When some­thing like this af­fects a com­pany like Bent­ley, you have to be con­cerned.”

Coun­cil­lor David Brick­hill added: “The com­pany is bear­ing the brunt of fail­ings by the peo­ple gov­ern­ing us.”

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