60 jobs to go in 20:20 restructure


Handset and accessories distributor 20:20 Mobile will make “around 60” staff redundant in a second group restructure in six months.

20:20 merged its 20:20 Mobile handset distribution business, its Dextra accessories unit and its Caudwell Logistics division last Autumn to afford the business improved operating efficiencies and to consolidate its portfolio of services.

It said as many as 45 redundancies will occur in its warehouse operations team, with a further 15 to go from its office-based sales team.

20:20 employs around 1,200 staff across its international operations, Mobile News understands, with the majority based in the UK.

20:20 Mobile UK managing director James Browning (pictured) said: “Last year’s restructure saw us consolidate three businesses into one.

“That process has now fed through and we have identified further synergies that are needed to realise value for our customers while improving the functioning of the business in order to make us properly ‘joined up’.
“These changes are not primarily driven by the state of the market. Clearly we have to respond to the difficulties our customers and vendors face and remain highly competitive on price, but these changes will actually strengthen our business and provide a more cost-efficient service to our customers in the months and years ahead.”

A spokesman added: “As last year’s restructure bedded in, further synergies came to light. This is not a because of the performance of the UK business, which is doing very well.

“There will be around 60 redundancies, and most will be in the warehouse operations.”