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Fashion retail redundancies top 23,645


6 November: Philip Day’s Edinburgh Woollen Mill brand has appointed restructuring firm FRP Advisory as administrator, resulting in 750 redundancies.

4 November: The John Lewis Partnership is cutting 1,500 head office roles as part of its five-year plan to return to “sustainable” profits by 2025.

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12 October: Kurt Geiger is planning another 500 job cuts early next year, CEO Neil Clifford has said in a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak, which calls for industry-wide job protection and an extension of the VAT Retail Export Scheme.

22 September: Asda’s George has restructured its head office team in Leicester, resulting in around 50 redundancies.

14 September: Autumn job losses in the UK could exceed 700,000 new data from the Institute of Employment Studies shows.

21 August: London department store Liberty has offered a voluntary redundancy scheme to its retail and head office employees due to the drop in footfall in its store. The company will not disclose a reduced head count target while it awaits the results of the voluntary process.

20 August: Topshop is planning to cut its merchandising and buying roles by around 29%.

20 August: LK Bennett is restructuring its store teams to reflect the change in consumer demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in 19 redundancies.

18 August: M&S plans to make 7,000 staff redundancies over the next three months. The retailer previously announced 950 job cuts in July.

13 August: River Island announced it is to cut up 350 store management and senior sales roles.

11 August: Debenhams will make a further 2,500 employees redundant as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

11 August: The creditors of menswear business Baird Group have given the green light to its proposed company voluntary arrangement (CVA), resulting in in 264 redundancies across the retail and distribution team.

10 August: Frasers Group is restructuring its buying, merchandising and design teams resulting in around 20 redundancies.

5 August: M&Co’s pre-pack administration deal has resulted in the closure of 47 stores and loss of 381 jobs.

4 August: Up to 131 job cuts could be on the cards at Johnstons of Elgin as part of its restructuring programme.

3 August: Value fashion retailer M&Co is expected to agree a pre-pack administration deal that will see its assets sold back to McGeoch family, resulting in several hundred job losses.

31 July: Victoria’s Secret parent company, L Brands, is cutting its head office workforce by 15%.

29 July: Hotter Shoes’ approved CVA has resulted in the loss of a “number” of jobs, as the British footwear business plans to cull its store portfolio from 61 shops to 15.

28 July: Selfridges has outlined plans to cut around 450 roles, making a 14% net reduction in its overall headcount.

23 July: Nike has announced job cuts and leadership changes as it accelerates its shift towards a direct-to-consumer model.

23 July: Asos is consulting with around 500 staff at its customer care centre in Leavesden over proposed job cuts as part of its ongoing restructuring.

20 July: Marks and Spencer plans to cut 950 jobs in a retail management restructuring.

16 July: White Stuff has made almost 400 redundancies across the business, as Covid-19 accelerates its transformation programme.

15 July: Burberry is to cut around 500 head office roles worldwide as part of its plans to slash costs by up to £55m.

9 July: John Lewis announces it is to close eight stores, placing 1,300 employees into consultation. A week later it placed 270 jobs in its technology delivery and operations division into consultation, along with 40 employees in its technology architecture team. 

7 July: Pentland Brands has placed around 350 UK-based head office into consultation as it “hibernates” footwear brand Boxfresh.

7 July: River Island plans to axe around 250 head office staff as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

1 July: Harrods is to cull 700 of its 4,800 employees as it looks to reduce costs.

1 July: Arcadia Group is to axe 500 head office roles, reducing its head office employee count by a fifth.

1 July: John Lewis chairman Sharon White has warned that store closures will likely have implications for some jobs at the retailer.

30 June: TM Lewin is to close its entire store estate, resulting in the loss of 600 jobs.

25 June: Very Group plans to make 141 roles across its head office and customer care teams redundant.

23 June: Mulberry is to cease production at one of its Somerset factories, resulting in around 135 redundancies.

17 June: Laura Ashley is making a further 56 redundancies as the future of its UK store estate hangs in the balance.

17 June: Boohoo Group’s acquisition of the online businesses of Oasis and Warehouse has resulted in the loss of around 1,800 jobs.

10 June: Quiz is closing 11 stores permanently, resulting in 93 redundancies.

8 June: Mulberry is to cut a quarter of its global workforce as the business faces continued uncertainty during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

3 June: Online personal styling service Stitch Fix will lay off around 1,400 US employees.

28 May: Debenhams has cut hundreds of head office roles following its second fall into administration earlier this year.

22 May: Canada Goose is laying off 125 staff members, roughly 2% of its global workforce.

21 May: Clarks is to cull 900 jobs over the coming 18 months as it enters the next phase of its ‘Made to Last’ strategy.

20 March: Philip Day’s Edinburgh Woollen Mill (EWM) Group has made more than 100 redundancies across the business.

2 March: N Brown Group is consulting with around 120 members of staff over proposed job cuts, as part of its “strategic transformation”.





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