Tobacco firm to cut 800 jobs

Imperial
Tobacco is cutting 800 jobs due to restructuring – including 27 HR positions,
almost half of its HR staff.

The
cigarette maker – who produces Lambert & Butler and Embassy – said its
corporate headquarters will stay in Bristol, but its manufacturing headquarters
will move to Germany.

No
further factories are to shut. Imperial Tobacco already announced closures of
plants in Nordhausen in Germany and Mazeres in France.

Imperial
is the world’s fourth largest tobacco company and employs about 18,000 staff.

The
company said that of the 800 job cuts, 238 would go from the manufacturing
division, 400 from sales, and the rest would come from marketing, finance and
HR.

Chief
executive Gareth Davis said: "It is inevitable that this restructuring
will result in some job losses."

By Quentin Reade

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