500+ former Unipart Automotive employees now with Andrew Page, Parts Alliance
When Unipart Automotive went into administration, Andrew Page and The Parts Alliance struck a deal to take over 33 branches, saving around 320 jobs. Since then Euro Car Parts has hired 65 more ex-Unipart staff, while promising another 1,500 jobs to be created in the comig 18 months. According to the latest reports from The Parts Alliance, this number has risen to around 500 ex-employees of Unipart Automotive. And the parts buying and distribution group says that extra jobs are planned for more of the reported 1,244 staff members made redundant by Unipart Automotive’s demise.
Peter Sephton, chief executive of The Parts Alliance, said: “It has been sad to see the decline and demise of Unipart Automotive. We have worked hard to interview and re-employ close to 500 talented individuals whose great experience and skills will benefit The Parts Alliance and our customers.
“Those re-employed include people at all levels, from senior members of the National Accounts team and Regional Directors to parts advisors, branch managers, and business and operations specialists.
“We take great care to allow prospective colleagues to understand us and our values and get to know them. All too often I see employers making knee-jerk reactions and false promises, offering jobs to people they have never seen or who have never seen and evaluated them. These are people’s lives we are dealing with and it impacts their communities and families, so we owe it to all our colleagues to be open and transparent.
“We take great care to respect the individual and diversity in all respects, providing an environment in which colleagues can express their opinions and help us to build a great future together, while we invest in their development.”
Sephton said the recruitment drive is further proof of The Parts Alliance’s commitment to its customer base. The group also claims industry leading catalogue and garage systems, with its proprietary Allicat online system. Backed by HgCapital it has 278 branches across the UK and Ireland.