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Havelock to bring in four-day week at Fife fit-out plant

Havelock Europa

More change: new working arrangements will be introduced


 

Havelock International, the office and shop fit-out specialist, is to introduce flexible working at its Fife headquarters as it attempts to rebuild following last year’s sale and restructuring of the business.

The plant, which has 295 workers, will operate shorter hours and a four-day week during quiet periods and revert to five days a week through peak periods such as the summer months. 

The company says the new arrangement, which is supported by the GMB Union, ensures that customer projects can be fully resourced and provides the workforce with greater stability. Scottish Enterprise and Fife Council have provided grant funding to deliver a training programme to allow workers to be deployed across the business more effectively. 

Kirkcaldy-based Havelock, which works with top brands such as M&S, Lloyds Banking Group, Boots, Primark, Premier Inn and the Post Office, has gone through a number of upheavals in recent years and underwent another ownership and management change last year.

The company went into administration in July and was immediately sold to a new company set up by turnaround specialist Rcapital. It was de-listed from the stock market. In October CEO Shaun Ormrod stepped down and was replaced by chief operating officer George McAdam (pictured).

He said: “Like any growing business, we are constantly looking at ways of using our valuable resources as effectively as possible to the benefit of both employees and customers.

“Our Sustainable Manufacturing initiative is designed to ensure that the business is operating as efficiently as possible through commitments such as training and development, and that we continue to provide customers with truly innovative designs, high quality manufacturing and service excellence.”  



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