Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 20 May 2021
HINCKLEY and Bosworth Borough Council and their partners ‘stand ready’ to offer support to any local Cadent employees affected by the company’s proposed plans to relocate from Hinckley over to the Ansty Business Park.
They will help employees by working with the gas firm and their partners to offer help to those who will be directly impacted from these changes, as well as minimising disruption to local workers.
A staff consultation on proposals has been launched earlier this week by the gas firm to relocate all of their employees from the Hinckley office on Brick Kiln Street to a new purpose-built office on Ansty Business Park near Coventry.
Cadent revealed to the Free Press that staff have until midnight on Sunday 4 July to feedback their opinions on the consultation.
No jobs would be lost as a result of the relocation.
Dan Adcock, Director of Customer Experience for Cadent, said that the consultation is a continuation of the one which was launched back in September 2019.
He stated: “This is a continuation of the consultation started in September 2019 for a new purpose-built building, for our three offices at Coventry, Hinckley and Leicester, in which their leases are coming to an end, or the building is no longer fit for purpose.
“We are proposing this move because of our updated approach to working more flexibly, where working from home was successfully proven during the pandemic and as a result, this has given us more room at our brand-new building at Ansty.
“The combination of these two factors has resulted in the proposal being consulted on.”
Stuart Bray, Council Leader for Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, explained that the proposed move is a ‘real blow to the town’ and that he is ‘disappointed’ with the move, but he stated that the Council will offer support to any employees directly impacted by the changes.
Cllr. Bray explained: “We are disappointed to hear Cadent intend to relocate its base from Hinckley to Ansty which is a real blow to the town, but I can confirm the Council stand ready to engage with its partners and with the company to offer help and support to any Cadent employees directly impacted from these changes and to minimise disruption to local workers.
“We will also continue discussions with Cadent around the future of this large town centre site and seek reassurance of job retention going forward.”
Bill Cullen, Chief Executive of the Borough Council, added: “Cadent have been a valued partner on the local Employment and Skills Partnership and on the local Employability and Internship programme and we hope this will continue.
“However, due to the fact that they are moving to a hybrid model of home and office working we expect many Cadent employees will remain in this area.
“We will work closely with our partners to offer support to affected employees.”