ENERGY firm EDF is set to close its Worthing office and relocate hundreds of staff to Hove.
Staff will be moved from the Southdownview Road branch to EDF’s existing premises in Hove, in a bid to cut costs.
The firm confirmed there will be no job losses as a result of the move.
Staff are being consulted over the relocation, which has been pencilled in for next year.
A spokesman said: “We are always seeking to improve how we can best serve our customers, both in terms of the quality of the service they receive and the prices they pay. That process includes reviewing our operations on a regular basis, to make sure that they best suit our business needs.
“We have identified an opportunity to co-locate our Hove and Worthing-based employees, which will improve the facilities that we offer our staff, as well as reducing costs in the long-term.
“There will be no redundancies as a result of the move to Hove. We will be using available space within the Hove site to accommodate Worthing colleagues.
“We are working closely with our employees to support everyone who is affected by this change.”
Broadwater ward councillor Nigel Morgan said although councillors were ‘disappointed’ by the decision, Worthing Borough Council would work hard to attract another major employer to the town to fill the gap left by EDF.
Cabinet member for regeneration Bryan Turner said: “It could have been a blow but there are no redundancies, which lessons any blow that may have been there. It would have been a big blow if there had been hundreds of redundancies.”
Mr Turner pointed to the recent relocation of Rayner Intraocular Lenses – a high-tech company which moved to East Worthing from Hove – as an example of businesses moving in the opposite direction.
He said there was potential capacity for 650 workstations in the Worthing office, which he hoped could be filled by a new occupier.
He confirmed, however, that the building was owner by EDF and not leased.
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