Revolution lays off artworkers

London design group Revolution has made four artworkers redundant, in what a spokeswoman describes as a restructuring exercise.

Two remaining artworkers will stay at the company, but will be employed in different positions.

Revolution now plans to outsource the artwork, which would previously have been carried out by the redundant staff, to subcontractors.

A number of Revolution’s clients, such as Cable & Wireless, regularly employ their own artwork subcontractors already, says the spokeswoman.

The consultancy intends instead to focus on its core competency of brand development.

Staff in other disciplines are now being sought by the group.

Project managers, designers, programmers and researchers, especially those with experience in the telecoms and financial services sectors, are currently being recruited.

Eight staff are likely to be taken on in the immediate future, says the spokeswoman.

A number of Revolution staff have lost their jobs over the last year. A dozen or more left in April last year, in a combination of redundancies and resignations, when the group’s environments division was closed down.

Divisional director Derrick Pover had resigned from the company seven months previously.

Revolution chairman Ray Taylor told Design Week at the time of the closure that the group had spent £2m in moving from its Enfield office to premises in London’s Clerkenwell.

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