Belfast Telegraph

Christmas blues at call centre

Local politicians have expressed their shock that seventy call centre jobs in Bangor are to go following the announcement that Anderson Manning Associates has gone into administration.

Alex Easton, North Down DUP MLA, said: “It is terribly disappointing to hear this news, especially less than one month before Christmas.

“The call centre was established in 1993 and was the first in Northern Ireland before they really began to take off. This will come as a huge shock to the employees and the local community.

Independent councillor Ian Parsley said: “It is always disappointing when a company |goes into administration, and always particularly tough on the workers. However, Anderson Manning was a highly respected, innovative company and so this case is genuinely shocking.

“It was more than a mere ‘call centre', focusing on logistics at the forefront of the UK market and innovating ways not just of providing services but also recruiting and marketing. Christmas would, typically, have been an especially busy time of year.

“One bright bit of news is the opening of the new Fixafone store on Bangor Main Street next week following on from the opening of the Little Wing Pizzeria last month — that will bring some local employment. We need more of those in North Down.”

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