The fate of B&Q’s in-house design staff will be decided tomorrow, following the announcement that the Kingfisher-owned retailer is shedding 220 jobs from its Southampton headquarters.
Design and branding staff are currently in redundancy negotiations and the future of the retailer’s branding and commercial departments has been called into question. Consultancies are also expecting design and marketing budgets to be cut, in response to B&Q’s slump in sales.
B&Q marketing director David Roth, who was due to leave the group at the end of the year, is expected to announce an early exit from the business. A spokesman for B&Q says the cuts are affecting all departments.
The DIY retailer has traditionally worked with consultancies such as Big Idea and Elmwood.