EXCLUSIVE: More staff cuts at Ingram Micro as Verwood office set to close

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Office relocated to UK HQ in Milton Keynes; Move marks final integration of Brighpoint

A further 11 jobs have been cut at Ingram Micro Mobility following the decision to close its Verwood (Dorset) office and relocate to Milton Keynes – 125 miles away.

It takes the number of redundancies in the mobile team to around 20 in the past month, following a major restructure of the organisation.

Roles affected by the latest round of cuts include those in finance, commercial, marketing and sales. Names were unconfirmed as Mobile News went to press. The office will officially close next month.

Ingram Micro UK president and MD Brent McCarty (pictured) confirmed the news: “Staff are going through a consultation process. We value all our associates and we want to treat them with respect.  These situations are difficult, but ultimately, we have to do what’s right for the company.”

Dedicated team
10 staff from the Verwood office have been retained. These include director of sales and marketing Richard Wills, regional manager Neil Henderson and senior marketing manager Ryan David.

They will form a new dedicated mobile team working out of the Ingram Micro UK head office in Milton Keynes alongside the organisation’s other core business operations, cloud and IT.

Leveraging opportunities
McCarty, who was speaking exclusively to Mobile News, described the closure of the office as the final integration of Brightpoint, which it acquired for £535 million in 2012. He said bringing all business together would provide “significant” benefits to the company, such as, boosting cross-sale opportunities and utilising the “expertise” of its 1,700 UK employees.

“We wanted to take the opportunity to better leverage the core business and the personnel,” said McCarty. “We are really trying to diversify the business and the changes we’ve made will be very beneficial for our vendors and customers who can come to one place and access a much broader portfolio than they would have had through Brightpoint.”

“We have made a number of acquisitions in recent years to enhance our propositions to the market and we want to
bring the whole ecosystem of
capabilities together.”

The closure marks the end of more than 40 years of association with the Bournemouth area – with the firm originally formed as Hugh Symons Telecom in the 70s.

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