Product design and multimedia group BIB Design Consultants has restructured following a radical move which involved making all the staff redundant.
BIB chairman Nick Butler made the entire team redundant on 10 March. He says BIB ceased trading for a week. All but two of the staff have since been re-employed at the offices at Whitchurch-on-Thames near Reading.
The two include former BIB company secretary Lin Roworth-Stokes, who had already resigned from her position of managing director last year, and one unnamed person. Roworth-Stokes is not prepared to comment on the situation.
Butler says that business is good, but that he was unhappy with the way the consultancy was being run. “I decided to uproot the tree, root and branch,” he says.
He is not prepared to comment on the new structure, other than to say “I still run it (BIB). I make all the decisions.”
Butler declines to discuss numbers, but the team is believed to have been eight-strong on 10 March. He indicates that new people have been brought in, as well as those who have accepted their jobs back. The team is now made up entirely of designers, he says, apart from the receptionist.