Blackwell cuts 19 from library supply business

Blackwell has today (10th May) axed 19 head office jobs from its library supply team.

The staff, who are all based at the Blackwell headquarters in Oxfordshire, were told today they will be made redundant as of 1st July.

A spokeswoman for the company said the job losses were a delayed result of Blackwell selling its Australian and North American library supply business to YBP Library Services last year, in order to focus on its retail and library operation in the UK and Europe. The job losses will reduce the number of employees working in the library supply unit from 112 to 93.

Blackwell also recently announced that it had made the role of c.e.o redundant, creating two separate managing director roles for the online and retail and the library supply arms of the business.

Former Blackwell c.e.o Andrew Hutchings is leading the library supply arm for an interim period until a new m.d is sought and David Prescott was promoted from business development director to m.d. of Blackwell online and retail. Blackwell chairman Trevor Goul-Weeker said the two separate units were made in order to streamline the business and more effectively manage it.