Fears Kier Construction’s move from Wisbech to Cambridge would mean up to 40 job losses dismissed

Graham Howe Managing director Kier Eastern.

Graham Howe Managing director Kier Eastern. - Credit: Archant

FEARS that a Fenland construction firm’s relocation to Cambridge next month would lead to major job losses have proved unfounded.

Of the 40 staff whose jobs were considered under threat because of Kier Construction leaving Wisbech, 27 are relocating to the company’s new office, two have secured posts with Kier elsewhere and three have found other work.

The remaining eight staff are also hopeful of finding jobs.

Graham Howe, Kier’s Eastern managing director, said: “I would like to thank the staff for their on-going commitment and professionalism during this major transition - they have been tremendous.

“Since the closure was announced, the potential loss of 40 jobs has significantly reduced.

“Thirty-two members of staff are either transferring to Cambridge or have transferred to other parts of the business or have found new roles.

“Clearly it is disappointing to lose any staff but I am pleased that the majority have already found employment and I am confident that the others will, too, because they are quality people.”

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Mr Howe thanked Fenland District Council for their support since the announcement of the Wisbech closure in May.

He said: “Immediately after our announcement, the council came in offering help on a range of things, including counselling for staff and advice on careers and retraining.

“I’m grateful for their support. They have been very professional in understanding our business needs.

“Although moving to Cambridge, Kier will continue to work in the Wisbech area to maintain and build upon the legacy that it has created over the past 84 years.”

Fenland District Council leader Alan Melton said: “We’re obviously disappointed that Kier are leaving Wisbech.

“However, we understand why they have felt it necessary to relocate and we congratulate them for managing to cut the number of potential job losses in the town so significantly. That is very good news for local people.”