Around 100 jobs are to go at Anchor Trust’s North Tyneside support service centre as the not-for-profit housing and care provider relocates its operations to Bradford.
The registered charity, which caters for around 38,000 older people in the UK, has confirmed its office at Balliol Business Park, Longbenton, will shut next summer as it seeks to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve communication with customers.
The centre includes departments such HR, recruitment, payroll, property and finance.
When the closure plans were first revealed to staff in July, 130 people were employed there. However, with professional support from Anchor, 30 have since found new jobs.
The organisation says it is now looking to minimise redundancies and will support those wishing to relocate to Yorkshire.
Established more than 45 years ago, the London-headquartered Anchor is England’s largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for the over-55s.
North Tyneside Council confirmed it has had no discussions with Anchor over the proposed site closure.
MP for the area, Mary Glindon, likewise said: “I’ve had no communication about this at all, but will now be looking to discuss the matter with Anchor.
“I’m just shocked they are taking the centre away from an area where they have had properties for such a long time.
“It is so disappointing when you consider the facilities that we have here. This may be good news for Bradford, but bad news for the North East - they will know people are unlikely to want to relocate.”
An Anchor spokesman said: “We don’t know final redundancy numbers as we are looking to minimise redundancies where possible. We will support any colleagues wishing to relocate to Bradford.
“Anyone whose role is made redundant will be offered an enhanced redundancy package and professional advice to help them find another job.”
He added that Anchor remained a major employer in the North East, with about 700 staff working in the region’s care homes and retirement housing properties.
“We are combining our support offices in Newcastle and Bradford into one office in Bradford, which will reduce our costs and increase efficiency,” he said.
“This means we, as a not-for-profit organisation, can provide better value for money for the high quality services we provide to nearly 38,000 older people across the country.
“Having one address will make it easier for our customers to contact us and will enable us to help them more speedily.”