Global pottery firm and supplier to the hospitality industry, Steelite International, has announced plans to cut 20% of its UK workforce.
The company based in Stoke-on-Trent has been forced to make savings as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and in anticipation of reduced demand for its tableware.
Steelite International operates from a UK headquarters in Middleport and employs 800 people here, with 160 jobs across various levels look set to go as part of a business review to save costs.
The headquarters is not yet fully up and running, with a skeleton team working on site.
Louise Griffin, Group HR Director said: “We are constantly reviewing our overhead costs of the business to reflect the trading position at this time and to accommodate the impact of global market trading post-pandemic.
“While we are making operational changes to accommodate this and some savings will be seen as a result, the hospitality marketplace has been significantly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and our anticipated growth will not be realised due to this sudden and dramatic downturn in trading we have seen in recent months.
“No business could have predicted these unprecedented times in which we now find ourselves and unfortunately difficult decisions must be made.
“Our priority during this process will be treat everyone with dignity, fairness and respect and we hope that these measures will go some way to sustain Steelite’s future and the livelihoods of our colleagues that remain with us.”
Steelite added that applications for voluntary redundancies, or flexible working arrangements, are now open in a bid to reduce the number of compulsory job losses.