Chichester Council offers help to employees

Chichester District Council is offering help to the 130 staff made redundant at Peters Opal.

And Councillor Maureen Elliot has praised the dealership, speaking of its “positive effect on the local economy”. She also told the BBC that the redundancies were a “major blow” to the local economy.

Azimut and Rodman dealer Peters Opal was taken into administration last month. The firm is still trading but administrators KPMG expect to announce a buyer this week.

Councillor Maureen Elliott, Economy Portfolio Holder for Chichester District Council, said: “We were extremely sad to hear that BA Peters plc had gone into administration with the subsequent loss of 130 jobs. The company has had a positive effect on the local economy, both in terms of employment and supporting activities in the district. It also made a significant contribution to the UK marine industry.

“Our Economic Development Service has been helping where it can, working in partnership with SEEDA and other organisations, and through this drop-in session, we will be offering as much support and guidance as possible to the staff who have been made redundant.”

The council said it has written to all staff made redundant and invited them to a drop-in session at the district council offices in East Pallant, Chichester.
They will then be able to get advice from a redundancy support officer at the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) as well as district council officers from the housing and benefits teams, the council said.

The Chichester employee advice line is: 44 (0) 1243 534669.

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