11 made redundant

HALF the workforce at a Morpeth car dealership are now unemployed.

The news comes following the recent closure of Benfield’s Volkswagen and Renault outlet in Hillgate.

A Benfield Motor Group spokesman confirmed that of the 22 members of staff involved in a 30-day consultation, nine have secured alternative employment within the Benfield group, two have found jobs outside the company but there have been 11 compulsory redundancies as a result of the dealership closure.

“We have done everything possible within our powers to keep job losses to a minimum and find alternative employment for staff, but unfortunately the situation nationally with Renault has meant there were no other alternatives available to us at this present time.”