Tesco bosses and Welwyn Hatfield Council discuss how to help axed workers

21st August 2017

Welwyn Hatfield Council met with Tesco leadership at the council offices to discuss the impact of the redundancies under way at the supermarket giant.

James Goodman, UK People Director, and Alec Brown, Head of Local Communications, met Council Chief Executive Rob Bridge and Councillor Mandy Perkins, who is Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Planning, Housing and Community, last Thursday.

An estimated 1,200 jobs have been axed at Tesco’s Welwyn Garden City headquarters, totalling around 25 per cent of its workforce.

A spokesperson for Tesco said: “We met Welwyn Hatfield Council to update them on our turnaround plans for the business.

“We outlined the various ways we are supporting our colleagues as we go through this important transition and explored ways the Council could also support our colleagues.”

News of the meeting was followed by comments from Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps asking Tesco to “do a better job” of communicating with local leaders.

A spokesperson for the council said: “We had a useful discussion with Tesco [on Thursday], where we agreed to provide support to work alongside the plans they’ll be putting in place to help employees living locally who are affected by the changes.

“This could include providing benefits, council tax or housing advice, or pointing people to organisations such as Citizens Advice to help them access more specialist services.

“We’ve enjoyed a long standing relationship with Tesco and appreciate them engaging with us as the turnaround plans progress.”