BrightPoint set to axe up to 10pc of UK team in restructuring move


Cuts to be made to reduce costs across the business, with staff due to be informed of the results of the consultation process

BrightPoint UK is expected to cut up to 10 per cent of its staff as part of a recent review to cut costs across the business, Mobile News understands.

The hardware distributor and supply chain services provider employs between 50 and 60 staff in the UK, with the majority based at its Poole head office in Dorset.

It is understood BrightPoint has conducted a staff consultation over the past few months to determine where cuts can be made.

The consultation process is said to have concluded in June, and staff were due to be informed of the results as Mobile News went to press.

Sources claim cuts have already been made to BrightPoint’s field sales team after several of its members agreed voluntary redundancy packages.

The cuts are part of a UK restructure in response to the current economic conditions and are not related to its proposed £535 million acquisition by IT firm Ingram Micro, which was announced at the start of the month.

The deal between the two firms is expected to be completed during Q4 of this year.
Ingram has yet to discuss any potential reductions to BrightPoint’s 4,000 plus headcount across 75 countries.

BrightPoint declined to comment on the story.

Shebang accessories swoop

BrightPoint UK is also understood to be on the verge of taking ownership of Shebang Technologies Group’s accessories business.

Shebang Technologies has supply deals with a number of high street retailers and mobile dealers including ASDA, Co-op Electrical, Maplin, Get Connected, Digital Phone Company and Go Mobile stores, which were recently sold by Shebang to
A1 Comms.

No details about the deal were known as Mobile News went to press.

Shebang and BrightPoint declined to comment.