Former owner provides help

Green offers jobs to 1,000 BHS shop staff

Sir Philip Green Commons 15 JuneRetail tycoon Sir Philip Green is offering jobs to 1,000 BHS employees working in concessions at his Arcadia chain of outlets, such as Dorothy Perkins, Top Shop and Wallis.

Answering questions from MPs last week the billionaire former BHS owner expressed his sadness at the demise of the business which put 11,000 jobs at risk.

He has been criticised for the £400m in dividends taken out of the firm during his 15-year ownership, and for leaving the new owner with a £600 million pensions deficit.

The 163-store chain is in the process of being wound down by administrators.

The business was the company’s convenience store offshoot – known as M Local – before it was sold last September. It employs 1,650 in 130 stores.

Morrisons said in a statement: “If no buyer is found, and stores close, we will welcome our former colleagues back to a job at Morrisons.”

A guaranteed job offer applies to those that worked at the chain when it was owned by Morrisons, although anyone hired in the interim will be considered.

The supermarket said it was “saddened and disappointed” by the news and said it wanted to “help our former colleagues who now work for My Local”.

It was sold to Greybull for £25m in a deal fronted by retail veteran Mike Greene, who appeared on Channel 4 show The Secret Millionaire.

KPMG has been appointed as administrator and is seeking to sell the company as a going concern.

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