Body Shop has said that it will be making staff redundant in the UK as they move some of their operations to Europe amid uncertainty surrounding EU withdrawal.
The cosmetics company will relocate distribution from Littlehampton, West Sussex, to Frankfurt, Germany, leaving some head office workers fearing for their future.
A worker for Body Shop told Metro.co.uk: ‘There are a lot of worried people in the company right now. They have already moved the warehouse operations to Frankfurt, Germany and head office employees are going through another round of redundancies.
‘They are doing this because of Brexit but are trying to keep the scale of it all quiet. The Body Shop might have been founded in Britain but it is no longer a British owned company so it can move wherever it likes.’
Confirming the job losses a company spokesman said: ‘The continued uncertainty about the impact of Brexit requires us to be proactive in managing every aspect of our business to meet our customers’ needs.
‘The Body Shop is opening a new distribution centre in, Frankfurt, Germany. The distribution centre, our first in Continental Europe, will contribute to improving the quality of our service across all channels we operate in.’
He added: ‘In terms of the impact on the distribution centre in Littlehampton, the changes will result in approximately 20 roles being made redundant.
‘The Body Shop is seeking to reduce the number of redundancies wherever possible; including by redeployment elsewhere within the business.’
The Body Shop CEO David Boynton said: ”We believe these changes are necessary so we can not only take better care of our customers and fulfil our potential as a world-class beauty business, but also to continue Anita Roddick’s legacy and truly be a force for good in the wider world.’
GMB union boss Tim Roache said: ‘Businesses are hurting – delaying investment, paying sky-high prices for stockpiling and not committing to providing the decent, permanent jobs we need for the future.
‘Whether in manufacturing chemicals or ceramics – or in retail, ports, and logistics – Brexit chaos is making things worse, not better.
‘The truth is the promises that were made during the 2016 referendum are a million miles from the reality we are now facing.’