GDHA business proposal could result in closure of Prescot plant

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) has announced that it is considering making changes to its operations that could lead to the closure of its manufacturing facility in Prescot, Merseyside.

In a statement a GDHA spokesperson said that in order to further develop its Belling and Stoves brands, the company is proposing “to partner with leading international manufacturers to access latest technologies and expand our comprehensive, high quality and innovative product range”.

The spokesperson went on to say that, if the proposal goes ahead, this would lead to the closure of the company’s manufacturing facility in Prescot.

The GDHA spokesperson added that the company’s current priority is to its “colleagues whose roles cannot be moved to other UK businesses within the group”, also affirming that it “will be doing everything we can to support them during this time”.

The company is also proposing to “simplify” its support function organisational structure, which GDHA’s spokesperson regretted to say would “lead to some redundancies across affected functions”.

Despite the news of the closure, GDHA says it plans to retain a UK-based engineering and design capability which will develop and maintain its products, which will be manufactured by its “carefully selected partner”.

Explaining its decision, GDHA said that it believes the company will enjoy “considerable” benefits after adopting the changes, such as strengthening its brand promise to provide appliances at accessible price points, updating its product range, providing better promotional support for retailers, and increasing its geographical coverage.

The news comes just months after GDHA spoke to kbbreview about its plans to raise Stoves and Belling’s profiles in the KBB market.

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