Luxury car manufacturer Bentley Motors is reportedly set to axe ‘up to 1,000’ jobs in the United Kingdom.
The firm, which has a factory in Crewe, is expected to offer staff the chance to take voluntary redundancy following a briefing tomorrow (June 5).
Production has currently restarted at the factory following the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions with work at 50 per cent of capacity.
But ITV and the BBC report around 4,200 staff will be consulted tomorrow on whether they wish to take redundancy, with ‘up to 1,000’ set to go.
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Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO at Bentley Motors, said: “Now is the right time for the business to come back stronger. We have introduced extensive new working measures to protect our colleagues, our families and our customers and we are confident, following the work of so many people, that being at Bentley will be as safe for our colleagues as being anywhere else.
“We have a strong order bank, around eight months of customer orders to manufacture, established parts supply routes and patient customers who are looking to receive their extraordinary cars as soon as possible.”
Volkswagen-owned Bentley, which was founded in the UK in 1919, increased its worldwide sales by five per cent to 11,006 cars in 2019 but has struggled to be profitable in recent years.
The company is expected to release a statement tomorrow.