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ICL Multivendor Computing has axed jobs at its operations in Warrington and The Strand in London in a revamp of its sales...

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ICL Multivendor Computing has axed jobs at its operations in Warrington and The Strand in London in a revamp of its sales structure.

At the same time, Synstar has axed 140 staff as part of an £8.5m restructuring.

Although industry sources had put the ICL headcount reduction at around 60, a spokesman for the company said only a handful of jobs — up to 10 — would be lost.

He added the job cuts were mainly in the sales area and had come as a result of an internal reorganisation. “A few dozen people have moved jobs and as a result some jobs have vanished. This will affect approximately ten people in the MVC division of ICL,” the spokesman said.

He insisted the job cuts had not come about as a result of a downturn in business or current tough market conditions. “We’re not experiencing business damage at the moment. We have slightly fewer customers than before, but they are spending more money,” he added.

Of Synstar’s job cuts, 70 of its UK staff at offices in Bracknell, Bristol, Birmingham and at Livingston in Scotland will be made redundant as part of the restructuring. The other half of the job cuts will be spread over the rest of its European workforce.

Synstar’s reorganisation, in a bid to drive sales growth, comes amid a warning that revenues and profits will fall for the year to 30 September 2001.

The company said it could not meet the targets because contract signings in some of its key markets — the UK, Belgium and Germany — had taken longer to happen than expected.

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