Bentley: Luxury carmaker to cut ‘up to 1,000’ jobs
- 4 June 2020
Luxury carmaker Bentley is to cut 1,000 jobs in the UK, the BBC understands.
The firm, which makes most of its cars in Crewe, is expected to offer workers the chance to take voluntary redundancy.
Bentley has been struggling with a wider car industry downturn caused by coronavirus, but it is understood this is not the only reason for the cuts.
The firm, which is owned by Volkswagen, declined to comment but is expected to make a formal announcement on Friday.
Last month, boss Adrian Hallmark said that a quarter of the firm’s workers had been furloughed due to the lockdown while another quarter were working from home.
As first reported by ITV, the carmaker has since restarted production at its Crewe factory, but with only around half the usual number of staff.
Bentley, which was founded in the UK in 1919, increased its worldwide sales by 5% to 11,006 cars in 2019 but has struggled to be profitable in recent years.
It completed a turnaround plan l