Shock as jobs axe falls at energy firm

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ENERGY workers have spoken of their shock as job losses were announced – just weeks after their sister firm took on 100 staff in Liverpool.

Inenco staff have been put on notice and believe up to 30 jobs at the St Annes energy consultancy and brokerage are at risk.

The Gazette has been contacted by several workers angry at the St Andrews Road North firm’s situation.

One, who did not want to be named, said: “We are all shocked. Inenco Direct has just taken on 100 people in Liverpool, yet they’re looking at cutting staff in St Annes – the very place the company was formed and shaped it into the giant it is today.

“We’ve given years of service yet they are going to cut our jobs at the expense of new staff in Liverpool.

“We understand the economic situation is bad, but energy companies help people cut bills – it’s very worrying. 90 of us are on notice.”

But Inenco managing director Michael Abbott said the company was restructuring and actually expanding.

He added: “In order to remain competitive in an increasingly demanding marketplace, we’ve undertaken a review of our structure.

“This has been vital in order that the company can continue to evolve, both to support the new business we’re striving to win and to give customers the most effective support to meet their needs today.

“As a result of restructuring to ensure greater focus on customer service delivery, sector focus and improved operational efficiencies, we have had to make the tough decision to propose a reduction in the workforce.

“Out of a total staff of more than 400 across our energy division, the decision will affect fewer than 30 people, who have all been informed. We are also working hard to minimise this number.

“It is clearly going to be a difficult time for them and we are working closely with those affected to support them throughout the process.

“We are also doing our best to redeploy people wherever possible as a number of those affected will be considered for other positions.

“It does not change our firm commitment to a long and successful future on the Fylde coast. Inenco has had a good year and the future continues to promise further growth. Only recently, our sister company, Inenco Direct, which specialises in the SME sector, created almost 100 new jobs as part of ongoing expansion plans.”

Inenco manages more than £1bn of gas and electricity for clients including Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s, and Virgin Media.