Card firm staff facing jobs axe

AROUND 20 members of staff at an award-winning Wigan greetings card firm will lose their jobs at the end of the month.

Bosses at Carte Blanche, which was formerly Wishing Well Studios, confirmed that approximately 20 staff will be made redundant on March 31.

Staff were made aware that there may be job losses following a takeover at the Kellett Close base on Martland Mill last autumn.

But Carte Blanche chief executive officer Roger Murphy still maintained that the creative operation would be retained, saving some jobs.

In the next financial year, bosses will look to move the company to smaller, more appropriate premises.

Mr Murphy said: “There will be a number of people made redundant on March 31, approximately 20 people will lose their jobs.

“We have been open and honest about this situation with the staff throughout and we have kept them informed every step of the way.

“We are looking into moving to more appropriate premises as when the staff leave, where we are currently isn’t viable for us to operate.

“We will not be closing, we want to keep the firm going here in Wigan.”

The jobs that will be going at the card company are those which have counterparts at Carte Blanche’s headquarters in Chichester, West Sussex, such as logistics and accounts.

Founded in 1996, Wishing Well has been one of the town’s most successful companies, winning numerous Henries (the industry equivalents of the Oscars) for its products and in 2009 was named Business of the Year at the Wigan Business Awards.

One employee, who asked not to be named, said: “It’s a very sad time for everyone right now, but we have been kept informed all the way through.”