Jobs lost at Angmering garden centre

Jobs are being lost at a garden centre in Angmering.

Tuesday, 6th October 2020, 4:37 pm

There have been voluntary redundancies at the Haskins Garden Centre on the Roundstone Bypass, as the company continues to be affected by the pandemic.

Julian Winfield, chief executive of Haskins, said: “The temporary closure of our centres during the government-enforced lockdown has financially impacted the business, with current restrictions continuing to affect our usual trade levels. We were pleased to be one of the first retail sectors to be able to open and have invested significant figures to make our centres COVID-Secure for our customers and staff. We have also been able to bring a good number of our valued staff back into our centres from furlough. However, there remains challenges in parts of our business, particularly the restaurants which continue to operate with capacity restrictions, reducing their ability to function to the same level as prior to the pandemic. In such an unknown situation, we can see it is going to be a long time before we fully recover.

“As a result, it has sadly been necessary to carry out a full review of our current structure to ensure we have a sustainable business for the future. Our staff are the backbone of our centres and we are proud of our retention rate of individuals who enjoy working for Haskins. It was therefore an incredibly hard decision to begin a period of consultation with our employees.

Haskins on the first day after lockdown. Pic Steve Robards

“We have had a positive response to voluntary redundancy, which means we will not be making any compulsory redundancies in Roundstone.”