Staff at Diss store face an uncertain future
Staff at a DIY retailer in Diss face an uncertain future.
Godfrey DIY is in the middle of a redundancy consultation, and this could affect the 50 members of staff spread out over its Diss, Combs Ford and Norwich branches.
Fourteen of those are employed at the Victoria Road store, and it is unclear when they will learn their fate.
Managing director, Barry Godfrey, said: “Unfortunately, it’s inevitable that some jobs will go, but at this stage we simply don’t know what the final numbers will be.
“In common with most businesses, especially those in the home improvements sector, we are constantly reviewing how we can operate more efficiently, while continuing to provide customers with great deals and quality service.”
He added: “It’s no secret that our sector in particular has been hard hit.
“Ongoing economic uncertainty, restricted mortgage lending for first-time buyers, and poor weather have had a significant impact on sales.
“Clearly we must adapt our stores, and explore new opportunities.”
The details for the firm’s restructuring are still to be finalised, but Mr Godfrey said the Diss store will retain its “familiar presence”.
The firm, founded nearly 30 years ago, is one of East Anglia’s leading independent DIY and homeware businesses.
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Weather for Diss
Thursday 20 June 2013
Temperature: 12 C to 18 C
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind direction: East
Temperature: 11 C to 19 C
Wind Speed: 14 mph
Wind direction: South west