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Exclusive: Redundancies loom at Arcadia following review

Arcadia Group is proposing to make a number of head office roles redundant in order to “streamline” and future-proof the business, Drapers can reveal. 

The changes will affect 300 roles, including some that are currently vacant. This is less than 2% of the total Arcadia workforce.

The group owns Topshop/Topman, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Evans, Wallis and Outfit. 

A spokesman for the business said: “The fashion retail landscape is continuously changing. In order to prepare for the future we have completed a thorough external business review over the last several months.

“As a result we are proposing, subject to consultation, to make a number of changes to roles across the group. These changes, which represent less than 2% of total headcount, will streamline business support services, reduce duplication and increase efficiency.

“We regret that we have to make these changes and we fully appreciate that this will be a difficult time for the colleagues directly affected. We remain firmly committed to supporting them through the process.”

Arcadia is the latest retailer to announce structural changes to its teams in the face of a difficult trading environment on the high street. 

Last week, New Look scrapped nearly 400 store management roles after carrying out a redundancy consultation with 1,000 staff.

As exclusively revealed by Drapers in July, House of Fraser placed a number of head office roles into consultation as part of its five-year strategy.

In February, John Lewis announced 387 job losses following a consultation with 773 members of staff. 

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