Port Solent and Stoke site closure statement

"Customers are increasingly choosing to buy and service policies through digital channels. In addition, we have removed complexity from our business and invested in technology to make us more efficient. These changes in our business mean we have fewer employees, but we retain a substantial amount of workspace and facilities.

"Our plan is to reorganise our sites to reflect this changing environment – a course of action we did not take lightly.

"We have decided it makes sense to prioritise the sites that we own in Eastleigh, Bournemouth and Gloucester, and retain leased offices in the major cities of London and Manchester.

"Unfortunately, Port Solent and Stoke do not fit this new plan. Therefore, we are intending to transfer all operations from Port Solent to Eastleigh. We have started a consultation process about transferring our employees by the end of June 2019. We are also consulting with our employees in our Stoke office over our intention to close this site by June 2020.

"We are also proposing to close our Sales and Service operation in Eastleigh from 1 April 2019 to consolidate this operation in our Gloucester office.

"This is clearly unsettling news for our employees and our priority is to support them at this time. The options for employees at the affected sites are different depending on where they’re based and their roles. We are committed to listening to them, being open and transparent during the consultation, and supporting them in any way we can through the changes.”