BEN offers support for Unipart Automotive employees

Charity highlights services available

Published:  28 July, 2014

Automotive charity BEN has extended its help and support to those effected by the collapse of Unipart Automotive.

The charity has contacted the fallen company's administrators KPMG in the hope that it will help to ensure that those who have lost their jobs, thought to be around 1,200 people, are aware that BEN is on hand to offer them help and advice through this difficult period.

According to a release by the charity, a number of these individuals will now face an uncertain future - causing much worry and stress. BEN is keen to ensure that former Unipart Automotive employees understand the confidential and independent help available to them through its professional support services. These include:

Listening/Advice Services

Signposting

Short term financial assistance

Commenting on the situation, Nigel Rothband, BEN's Chief Operating Officer states:  "We are extremely saddened to have lost Unipart Automotive. However, our communities' priority is to safeguard those who find themselves without employment. I am pleased the messages we're communicating are getting through; we have already received a number calls from those affected and are providing support.

"I was delighted to see that, through their acquisition, Parts Alliance and Andrew Page have managed secure a future for over 300 of the employees. And ECP's recent announcement regarding their intention to create1500 new jobs over 18 months - going 'the extra mile' to assist ex-Unipart Automotive workers in gaining employment with them. Working together in this way, only makes our industry stronger for the long-term. However, in the immediate future I would urge anyone affected to get in touch if they need support."

careservices@ben.org.uk

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