Thirty-six head office staff go at Borders

<p>The administrators of Borders have made 36 staff at the store support office on Charing Cross Road redundant. Phil Duffy, a partner at administrators MCR, said: &quot;Following our appointment as administrators we have undertaken a review of the company&rsquo;s business and operations in the context of an administration and consequently identified a number of positions that have become redundant. This has resulted in the employee redundancies being made today.</p><p>&quot;This in no way impacts the business at a store level and I can confirm that no redundancies have been made in-store.&quot;</p><p>The book buying team is now running a skeleton staff with lifestyle and bargain buyer Radcliffe Harris, senior buyer for non-fiction John Packard, genre buyer Emma Carter, senior merchandiser Richard Humphreys and buying assistant Helen Frosi understood to be staying at Charing Cross Road.</p><p>Duffy added that the administrators were continuing to pursue parallel administration strategies by conducting closing down sales while continuing to find a buyer for all or some of the 45 Borders and Books Etc stores. He said: &quot;Considerable interest has been expressed either in the business and/or certain stores and this interest is actively being pursued by MCR.&quot;</p><p>However, he refused to identify which businesses these could be.<br /><br /> </p>