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Hewden cuts 213 jobs and closes 22 branches

Equipment rental company Hewden is to cut 213 jobs, close 12 branches and another merge a further 10 depots.

The cutbacks are part of a restructuring of its UK operations, replacing its current five-region and five product divisions with a three-region structure that will rent all products, and will include the integration of the cranes and access divisions with the rest of the business.

The reorganisation comes as Hewden reported revenues around 10 per cent down for the latest quarter. Hewden currently operates from 102 depots and employs 1,750 staff.

The firm said 12 depots will be closed in Barrow in Furness, Cambridge, Elgin, Heathrow, Isle of Wight, Jersey, Melksham, Redditch, Chester, Shrewsbury, Thatcham and Yeovil before the end of March 2009.

A further 10 depots will be merged with nearby locations with all assets and customers transferred.

The branches that will be closed and transferred are
*Motherwell, Mount Vernon and Newarthill (all transferred into Glasgow Queenslie)
*Bathgate (merged into Edinburgh)
*Rotherham (combining with Barnsley)
*Warrington Great Sankey (merging with Warrington Appleton Thorn) *Abergele (moving to Bangor)
*Cardiff (merging with the Cardiff Docks depot)
*Olney (Bedford)
*Truro (consolidating with Redruth)

Hewden executive director Doug Sprout said: “Everyone is aware of the rapid and unprecedented decline in the construction market which is hurting every plant hire company.”

“Our first concern is for our staff who will all be affected by these changes but we are also determined to maintain the best possible customer service during this restructuring.”