Over 25 jobs at risk as Vision+Media enters consultation

Ahead of becoming a part of Creative England, creative development organisation Vision+Media has entered a consultation period, which could lead to over 25 job losses.

The consultation process is the first phase of reconstructing the organisation which will join with seven other creative development organisations across England.

Vision+Media currently employs 35 members of staff, although its funding beyond March 2011 is currently unclear.

The number of jobs losses will entirely depend on the finance handed to Vision+Media by the North West Development Association and the transitional arrangements for Creative England, although no redundancy notices will be issued to staff before January 2011.

The consultation process follows Vision+Media staff taking up a four-day-working-week over a three-month-trial, which climaxes in January. It is unclear as to whether this trial will continue beyond that period.

Outgoing chief executive Alice Morrison, commented: “We’ve always been very open that we anticipate cuts and that we remain focused on delivering targeted business support for digital and creative businesses.”

Meanwhile, Paul Taylor, director of business delivery who will succeed Morrison in January, added: “This is going to be a challenging period but there is an important and exciting role for Vision+Media to play within Creative England. It is essential that we respond quickly and effectively to the changing environment and get ourselves into good shape for the future. We hope that our partners who have supported us so well in the past will continue to support us through this transition so that we can continue to provide focused and strategic support to industry.”

Vision+Media recently told The Drum that it backed plans for the construction of Creative England.

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