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190 redundancies across HMV head office and distribution

190 redundancies across HMV head office and distribution

Thu 31 Jan 2013 3:15pm GMT / 10:15am EST / 7:15am PST
Retail

While an angry employee lets loose on Twitter

Today 190 people have been made redundant from HMV's head office and distribution network, a move that saw one of those affected share their disgust on the company's official Twitter account.

None of today's redundancies came from the retail stores, and no stores were closed.

"Since our appointment as Administrators over two weeks ago, we have been assessing the financial position of HMV," said Nick Edwards of Deloitte.

"Following this review, a number of redundancies at the head office and distribution centres have been made. Although such decisions are always difficult, it is a necessary step in restructuring the business to enhance the prospects of securing its future as a going concern."

And while Deloitte were sending out the official message, an angry member of staff let their feelings be known on HMV's official Twitter account.

"We're live tweeting from HR where we're all being fired! Exciting!" said the mystery tweeter, with the hashtag #hmvXFactorFiring.

"There are over 60 of us being fired at once! Mass execution, of loyal employees who love the brand."

Tweets followed that suggest the marketing director was attempting to shut the Twitter account, or at least the rogue posts, down.

"Under usual circumstances we'd never dare do such a thing as this. However, when the company you dearly love is being ruined..." the posts continued.

"And those hard working individuals, who want to make HMV great again, have mostly been fired, there seemed no other choice. Especially since these accounts were set up by an intern (unpaid, technically illegal) two years ago."

The tweets have since been deleted.

Meanwhile, Deloitte reported that the retailer had seen support from suppliers and customers, and was encouraged by the future for the company.

"We have been very pleased with the level of interest in the business as a going concern, whilst the response from customers has demonstrated the demand to see HMV remain on the high street. Equally, the support received from suppliers has been very positive and has enabled us to continue trading during the administration. As a result of all of these factors, I remain hopeful we will be able to secure a future for a restructured business."

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