Multichannel retailer N Brown Group has opened a voluntary redundancy programme for staff at its plus-size womenswear business JD Williams.
The move is part of N Brown’s efforts to transform from a catalogue to a digital-first retailer.
It is not known how many people will be affected as the business is currently going through applications and the redundancies have yet to be confirmed. Drapers understands it will affect a relatively small percentage of JD Williams’ 3,000 employees.
It is thought the programme will be resolved by the middle of August.
A spokeswoman for N Brown said: “N Brown is reshaping its business to reflect the increasing focus we have on a digital-first approach and to ensure our business is structured to support our growth strategy. As part of this process, some of our staff have been offered voluntary redundancy.
“This isn’t a decision we have taken lightly and we are working closely to support those colleagues that have been affected.”
Drapers understands staff requested the voluntary redundancy programme to give them more of a say in the matter after 21 members of the JD Williams buying and merchandising team were made compulsorily redundant in April. The team dropped from 348 to 327.
At the time chief executive Angela Spindler told Drapers: “Web is a priority now and we are building a digital organisation. We have made some headcount reductions and simplified the buying proposition.”
The plus-size specialist is in the midst of investing heavily in its digital business and, as a result, pre-tax profits in the year to February 28 fell 21.2% to £76.3m.