Oldham Council to help those affected by Shop Direct pull out

Oldham Council is “shocked and disappointed” workers are set to lose their jobs after digital retail firm Shop Direct announced it plans to close its centres in Shaw and Chadderton.

The local authority’s priority now is to support all those affected by the closures.

Helen Lockwood, Executive Director Economy, Skills and Neighbourhoods, said: “This announcement has come out of the blue and we feel terrible for all those affected.

“The news that a major employer plans to leave is a blow to the borough.

“We are keen to have discussions with the company as soon as possible in order to find a solution that supports our local community.

“Our Get Oldham Working team are ready to offer our help and support to staff.

“We will work to try and find the affected workers new jobs, but we’ll also be providing practical support such as help with CVs and interview practice.

“We’d urge anyone who will be affected to contact the GOW team.”

The GOW Team can be contacted on 0161 770 4674 or at employability@oldham.gov.uk

You can also call into the team’s offices at Metropolitan Place, Hobson Street, Oldham, OL1 1TT – across the road from the Job Centre – weekdays between 9am and 4pm.


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