Bentley Motors to make compulsory redundancies after lack of interest in its voluntary release programme

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Bentley Motors is set to make hundreds of compulsory redundancies after employees failed to come forward for a voluntary release programme.

BusinessLive reported earlier this month that the luxury car manufacturer is looking to axe 1,000 workers which accounts for up to 25 per cent of its workforce.

The company had originally hoped to achieve the majority of the redundancies through a voluntary release programme, however, Bentley has now confirmed that it is ‘some way short’ of its target.

Now the car-giant has launched a 60-day compulsory redundancy consultation with staff.

It expects to axe 300 contractors and 700 permanent staff.

The deadline for applications for the company’s voluntary release programme has also been extended by four weeks to July 31.

A Bentley Motors spokesman said: “Two weeks ago we launched our Beyond100 strategy, a programme that will redefine Bentley for the next 100 years, with the ambition to be a leader in sustainable luxury mobility, financially resilient and recession-proof.

“As part of this plan, we announced a voluntary release programme, where we were looking for around 1,000 colleagues to accept the favourable terms to leave the business.

“Unfortunately, it is looking clear that we will not reach those numbers and therefore, it is with great regret that we will now run in parallel a compulsory redundancy consultation.

“In order to allow colleagues more time to benefit from the superior terms on offer, we are extending the voluntary release programme by four further weeks to the end of July and of course, the number of people who accept these terms will have an impact on the number of redundancies.

“These are decisions we are not taking lightly, but it is important to safeguard the jobs of the vast majority who will remain and protect the business through the immediate crisis.

“Then, we are hopeful of being in the necessary position to build as we reinvent our company, continue to lead our sector and look to establish ourselves as the leader in sustainable luxury mobility for the next 100 years.”


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