Online car dealer Cazoo has started consulting workers at a vehicle preparation centre in Lincolnshire over the possibility of its closure.
The business is considering closing the site in Long Bennington, near Grantham, where 300 people work.
A Cazoo spokesperson told Lincolnshire Live: “We have not made any decisions at this point however last week we announced that we will be starting a consultation process with the team at Long Bennington.”
Last week the business announced that it was planning to close a number of its vehicle preparation sites and customer centre facilities, with the loss of jobs, after warning of an expected drop in sales for the year. Nationally more than 3,000 UK staff are being consulted, with the process to run until March 4.
It said it expected to sell 40,000-50,000 vehicles this year, compared to 65,000 in 2022.
Following strong 2022 sales of £1.245 billion, founder and chief executive Alex Chesterman OBE said: “Our new 2023 plan, which includes more modest top line ambitions, ensures that we continue to improve our unit economics, reduces our fixed costs and conserves cash as we make continued progress towards our goal of reaching profitability, without the need to raise further funding over the next 18-24 months.”
As part of the changes Cazoo is reported to be looking at closing 15 of its customer centres across the UK, with centres in Bristol, Birmingham, Chertsey, Lakeside, Manchester, Northampton and Wembley likely to remain open.
According to the Car Dealer website three preparation centres – at Portbury, Cold Meece and Bedford – are set to remain open, with sites in Westbury, Long Bennington, Livingston and Gloucester, earmarked for closure.
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