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Employee Notice

16th May 2024

Due to the current order situation, both here in Sheffield and at Harrods, we need to implement temporary changes in our working arrangements.

Starting from Monday, June 3rd, 2024, short time working will start. This arrangement will be reviewed on a month-by-month basis and will be in place until the incoming order situation improves.

Under this arrangement:

• Week commencing June 3rd: The majority of the workforce will be in work.
• Week commencing June 10th: A small team of employees will be responsible for servicing web orders.
• Weeks commencing June 17th and June 24th: All employees will be back to work as usual.

Similar plans for the following months will be communicated if required.

To compensate for the days not worked, there will be a guaranteed payment of £35.00 per day for the first five days not worked, which would usually be worked. Please note that the use of holiday days is not permitted to cover the days that you will not be working.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging period.

Directors & Management

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 16th 2023

We are pleased to inform you that, starting from January 1st, 2024, all staff members will receive a 5% salary increase. This decision has been made in alignment with the current Consumer Price Index (CPI) and takes into consideration the present state of our business.

We believe that this wage increase is both fair and necessary to ensure that your compensation keeps pace with the rising cost of living. It reflects our commitment to valuing and rewarding the hard work and dedication of our team.

As we celebrate your well-deserved salary increase, it is important to acknowledge that this positive change may influence the retail prices of our products. It is crucial to be mindful of the market dynamics, recognising that there is a limit to the price adjustments the market can sustain.

We understand that this news will be welcomed by all of you, and we are excited to continue working together in the coming year, building on the success of Carrs.

Thank you for your continued dedication and contribution to our company's growth.

Directors & Management

 

 

June 2023

We have been closely monitoring the order situation and have noticed a recent increase in customer orders, notably in Harrods. Charles has updated the roll-over figure to include the value of boxed stock orders, primarily used for the website. This adjustment provides a more accurate assessment of the actual workload that needs to be produced. I am pleased to confirm that short time working will come to an end on June 30th.

We have also received positive news from Tiffany over the last couple of weeks and are hopeful to receive an official order in the coming weeks. This development makes it a real priority for us to push the stock through the system quickly.
 
However, it may still take some time for all departments to have sufficient work to keep everyone occupied. In the meantime, some individuals will be assigned maintenance, housekeeping, and similar tasks. This decision allows us to save costs as we would have otherwise hired contractors, and it also means that you will revert to your regular pay structure.
 
Initially, short-time working was planned to continue into July. I understand that some of you may have made alternative arrangements for the time you were expecting to be off. Given this notice, you may have the opportunity to rearrange your personal plans. If that is not possible, we can allocate or reschedule holidays to cover the remaining time off. Unpaid time off is also a possibility. Any changes in pay resulting from the short time working period will be reflected in your July payslip.
 
Throughout our time running the company, we have always prioritized its long-term future rather than pursuing short-term gains. Currently, the company is in a favourable position with no debts, complete ownership of all properties, and ongoing efforts to reduce dependence on third parties. While our concession in Harrods and website primarily cater to high-end cutlery and cases, with the website serving other customers as well, trade customers are considered an additional benefit rather than the primary focus. However, expanding the website to this extent will take a few more years. Please note that future challenges may arise along the way.
 
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We have always aimed to maintain transparency and openness, and that approach will continue.

Directors & Management.

 

 

 

 

May 2023

We would like to inform you that due to the current order situation, we may need to implement a temporary change in working arrangements. We anticipate that there may be a period of week on week off working, starting from Monday 5th June 2023 and lasting for a total of eight weeks, with each employee not working for a period of four weeks. However, please note that this arrangement could end sooner if the incoming order situation improves.

Under this proposed arrangement, a small team of employees will be responsible for servicing web orders for one week (w/c 5th June), while all other employees will work the following week (w/c 12th June).

There will be a guaranteed payment of £31.00 per day for the first five days that are not worked, that would usually be worked and not covered by holiday. The use of holiday days is permitted for the days that you will not be working. If you decide to use holidays to cover, then they can be booked in the usual way, and would receive usual pay for that.

In order to give maximum flexibility in the use of holidays etc the difference in pay would be reflected in the following months’ payslip. So reduction in hours in June would be adjusted in the July pay run.

We will provide confirmation on whether or not this arrangement will take place on Monday 22nd May. If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to speak with your line manager.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging period.

Directors & Management.

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