TalkTalk’s Stevenage base will shut this summer

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Phone and communications firm TalkTalk is shutting its Stevenage office and cutting 120 jobs as part of plans to make the business more efficient.

Staff at the landmark site off Fairlands Way were told on Tuesday morning that the shutdown is expected to happen this summer.

A spokesman said staff will be offered help if they choose to move 170 miles away to the Warrington office or move on to the firm’s HQ in London’s Shepherds Bush.

He said: “We have announced plans to close our Stevenage site at the end of June, and move the work we do there to other locations – mostly in London and the north west.

“This is will allow us to move jobs closer to others doing similar roles.

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“It will also make TalkTalk more efficient.

“The majority of roles will be redeployed to other offices, and we will provide support for all employees who would like to relocate.

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“However, we understand that not everyone will want to move, and there are some roles at risk of redundancy.”

The company will now carry out a consultation period with affected staff.

Stevenage Borough Council leader Sharon Taylor said: “It’s very sad to see the loss of these valuable jobs in Stevenage.

“Our thoughts are with all of those who will be receiving the terrible news.

“We will do all we can to support our community in hard times and to help those losing their jobs at TalkTalk.”

A spokesman for the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership said: “Naturally we are disappointed. We will not know the full impact of local job losses until the company has completed its statutory consultation with staff.

“Hertfordshire LEP is committed to working with local partners to drive the regeneration of the town centre, support business growth and enable job creation in the local economy.

“Stevenage remains the LEP’s top regeneration priority in Hertfordshire.”

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