Posted 8th June

Wren Kitchens ‘offers support’ to at-risk B&Q employees

By KBBDaily on 8th June 2018 - 15:37pm
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Wren Kitchens is inviting the B&Q employees who are affected by the potential changes in the DIY chain’s kitchen and bathroom service to “submit applications”, adding that it is also offering B&Q customers a “competitive incentive”.

The kitchen retailer said it has “opened vacancies” for any of the 400 B&Q design consultants who are at risk of redundancy. “We believe design consultants are key to customers receiving the best experience,” the company said.

Wren Kitchens also said that it will “match all B&Q quotes and supply a superior quality product for the same price in addition to providing the convenience of an approved installation service” to “reassure any customers affected by the planned changes”.

Alongside the 400 design consultants at B&Q potentially at risk of redundancy, B&Q owner Kingfisher also announced that it is looking to remove its Homefit installation service, putting a further 300 installation jobs at risk.

Damian Walters, the CEO of the British Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installation – BiKBBI – of which B&Q is an installation standards partner, noted that the announcement by the DIY chain will “no doubt be a cause for concern for those involved” but added that the organisation is working with senior management to identify ways it can support the affected installers.

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