Chamber issues Press Release on MBNA Job Losses
in Carrick on Shannon
Carrick Chamber is very concerned at the announcement of job losses in MBNA today (14/8/14). This number of jobs -160- is very significant and a severe blow to the wider area. It is a very sad day for the staff concerned and their families. It will also be of concern to our members for its effects on trade in the town. The Chamber welcomes that upwards of 250 jobs are not affected in the part of the business previously sold and now known as Avantcard.
The Chamber met minister Richard Bruton T.D. and Barry O Leary Chief Executive of the IDA 3 years ago this month. The minister assured us at that time that he would 'leave no stone unturned' in his efforts to sell the business as a going concern. The company have now stated that its business at this time is UK-focused and serves UK customers. They had looked at a number of options, including its potential sale to a third party. These options were not achievable so they are closing the operation. The Chamber is extremely disappointed that all efforts to retain the business in Carrick have failed. We understand there has been a decline of 65% in call centre traffic generally, with more online options being availed of, which hasn't helped matters.
Gerry Faughnan, Chamber President said 'This is a very sad day for the staff concerned and for their families. The Chamber met with the County Manager, Frank Curran, in recent weeks on possibilities on new businesses being sourced. I have spoken to him again today and understand the IDA are actively pursuing options for Carrick. The Chamber calls on Minister Bruton and the relevant government agencies to do everything possible to assist the employees concerned and to source new replacement businesses'.
Chamber of Commerce Carrick on Shannon
Since its inception in 1966 the Chamber has been to the forefront in lobbying on behalf of its members, whether it is attracting more tourism, upgrading the rail line, rural renewal tax designation, decentralisation issues or making introductions of new businesses.
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