A windscreen replacement company have announced that they will be cutting jobs as the soaring cost of fuel is leading to an increase in people driving less,the company claims that demand for replacement windscreens is down.The firm’s owner Belron have said the mild conditions since the snowy period ended, coupled with high fuel prices has seen motorists leaving there cars at home more than ever before in previous years, leading to a massive drop in demand for the company’s products. The job losses will mean a large number of staff and 100 temporary employees will almost certainly be made redundant and bases around the country being closed. Belron say they will provide everyone affected with support if they needed it during this difficult time. They have over 100 branches throughout the United Kingdom. A spokesman for the firm said: “As a result of mild weather and fuel prices, there has been less vehicle damage and the industry as a whole as seen a lower demand. As part of a review of resources Autoglass is entering into a 30-day consultation with its staff across the United Kingdom and will be discussing a cost reduction programme which will include a reduction in staff.
There biggest rival Auto Windscreens went into administration a couple of years ago, but it is not all bad news in the sector as National Mobile Windscreens have bucked the trend by posting a 20% increase in revenue and have also increased staff. The firm who won the Customer Service award at Fleet News Awards has had to expand as rival companies struggle in the current climate. They have recently invested heavily in their IT system and are looking forward to a bright future plus A B Screens continue to do well with the help of there glass suppliers and loyal customers.