Hopes that nearly 100 Sudbury jobs could be spared

PUBLISHED: 06:00 03 January 2019

Sulby House, Prolog's old contact centre. Picture: Archant

Sulby House, Prolog's old contact centre. Picture: Archant


Hopes are growing that a company in Sudbury which recently went into administration could still be saved.

There have been more than 70 expressions of interest in Prolog, a company providing warehouse fulfilment and contact centre services which has offices in Nottinghamshire and Sudbury and went into administration at the end of November.

The firm employs 618 staff in all, and made an operating loss of £970,779 on sales of £34.8m in its most recent accounts.

A spokesman for administrators Simon Chandler and Rebecca Dacre at Mazars said: “The joint administrators are speaking to a number of parties but nothing is confirmed yet.

“Operations are continuing as usual and nobody’s been laid off– that’s the number one priority right now, especially during Christmas trading for Prolog’s clients.”

One of Prolog’s main clients is Mothercare, which has a store in Ipswich but which is closing its Clacton store in early 2019.

Prolog employs 96 employees plus agency staff at its contact centre in Sudbury, but had at one time employed as many as 400 people in the town.

Prolog’s chairman Robert Audley had planned to build two huge warehouses, offices and a service yard on land off Church Field Road.

In 2014, after a three-year battle, it finally gained permission to go ahead with its expansion plans.

But objectors launched a challenge against the scheme in the High Court via a judicial review, which saw the application quashed on a technicality.

Following the relocation of Prolog’s office from Sulby House in the town’s North Street to Northern Road, the company sold its former call centre in June for more than £1.75m.

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