Arcadia to lose 170 HQ staff alongside 1000 shop floor jobs

By guest author Ava Szajna-Hopgood from Retail Gazette

•          Head office will see 170 jobs lost

•          Alongside roughly 1000 employees set to lose their shopfloor jobs

•          Arcadia to begin redundancy consultancy process next week

Arcadia will cut 170 staff from its head office alongside the 1000 shop floor jobs caused by the closure of 50 stores in its portfolio.

Caption courtesy of Retail Gazette

Sir Philip Green’s hard-won restructure plan for Arcadia will mean 170 of its 2600 employees at its head offices across its Topshop, Topman, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Burton and Dorothy Perkins brands will lose their contracts.

That is on top of roughly 1000 employees who will lose their jobs on the group’s shop floors.

The company voluntary agreement (CVA) that Arcadia’s landlords agreed on after prolonged discussions means the retailer avoids administration, which would have put a further 17000 of its employees’ jobs at risk.

Next week Arcadia will enter a redundancy consultancy process, which is likely to last at least a month.

“Following  CVA vote on June 13, as outlined, the group are proposing to make some structural changes in order to support and deliver the turnaround plan,” said  Arcadia.

Arcadia added that it would try to find other roles in the group for those at risk.

On June 13, Green defended claims that the CVA talks had been on a “knife-edge”.

“It didn’t come close to collapse. We won the vote. It was a legitimate vote, and it was won,” Green told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“The marketplace… has fundamentally changed forever. Whether we haven’t changed quickly enough or we had too many shops or whatever, I think it’s a combination of a lot of things,” Green told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on June 13, 2019, after his seven CVAs were approved.

“The answer is you can’t get it all right. For a long time the company made a lot of money. Literally only in the last couple of years it fell off,” he argued.