Universal Procon may close Slough office as part of proposed restructure

Universal Procon is believed to be planning to close its Slough office as part of a proposed restructure that may involve redundancies.

Universal Procon: may close Slough office as part of proposed restructure
Universal Procon: may close Slough office as part of proposed restructure

The agency, which consulted with employees on the proposals in October, is understood to have offered some members of staff the option of relocating to the office of parent company United Drug's UK operation in Ashby de la Zouch, near Leicester.

C&IT has also been told that the proposals could involve some of the agency's project managers working from home rather than in a dedicated office.

A spokeswoman for Universal Procon said earlier in the consultation period that redundancies were possible. The firm's managing director Mike Ford was unable to comment further due to legal obligations because the consultation process with staff is still in process.

The agency employs more than 150 people across five offices in the US and UK.

A number of UK-based event agencies and a recruitment company confirmed to C&IT that they had been approached by Universal Procon staff seeking alternative employment.

The spokeswoman for Universal Procon revealed in October that the agency had lost the Pfizer account, but said that the proposal to restructure was unrelated to this. "The Pfizer account has definitely gone to another agency, but the proposals were made before that announcement. Universal Procon had a quarterly strategic business review and the decision to propose a restructure came from there," she said.

One of the agency's directors, Jane Isted, resigned in October, but the agency's spokeswoman said her resignation was also unrelated to the restructure proposals.

Formerly known as Universal CIT, the agency was rebranded as Universal Procon after United Drug, a company that provides services to healthcare manufacturers and pharmaceutical retailers, acquired the agency for more than £10.9m in April 2008.

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