Simply Computers suffers big redundancies

Abandons PC assembly

Up to 105 workers at Simply Computers are losing their jobs thanks to reorganisation by parent company Systemax.

The company is closing down its manufacturing plant in Greenock and will in future get machines from its parent company, Systemax in the US. From the end of this month Simply Computers sales, marketing, customer service and technical support jobs will either be made redundant or bundled in with Misco (another Systemax sub) jobs at Wellingborough. According to one source, as many as 105 out of 111 jobs will disappear.

An internal memo, seen by the Reg, says: "as a result of continuing trading pressures in the UK it has been decided to consolidate with immediate effect, the activities of the Simply sales, marketing, customer service and technical support teans into the existing Misco teams based in Wellingborough. Consequently, a number of jobs directly related to this activity based in Walthamstow will become redundant with effect from 31st January 2005."

The memo notes that while Simply has "achieved good sales growth...it has been at a significant cost to the business." The company hopes that "economies of scale" will help improve margins.

Cliff Steele, supply chain director, is leaving the company at the end of the month. Julie Lombardo, 16-year veteran and previously general manager, is also leaving on 31st January. This leaves Terry Shaw as "vice president of European operations.". ®

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