460 jobs under threat at Sunseeker

460 jobs under threat at Sunseeker

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:16am 11th May 2020.

Dorset's luxury boat building company, Sunseeker International are set to axe 460 members of staff due to the impact of coronavirus.

All boat production was stopped in March due to the COVID-19 lockdown. 

Nearly all of their employees are on the government's Furlough scheme.

460 workers have now been told their jobs are at risk and will enter a 'formal consultation process' which will last 12 months. 

Sunseeker currently employ 2,500 people and are based in Poole with a shipyard on Portland.

sunseeker boatyard portland
Sunseeker boatyard, Portland

Andrea Frabetti, CEO said:

"A strategic review of the company has been ongoing for a number of weeks in order to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to our business.

"Like the vast majority of manufacturing businesses globally, the inability of Sunseeker to conduct 'normal' business was not unexpected. 

"Protecting our workforce, suppliers and customers by implementing a controlled temporary shut-down was the right thing to do in line with HM Government advice.

"Looking to the future, and consistent with many other businesses, Sunseeker must adapt to ensure it continues to manufacture in Dorset, delivering on its substantial new model development programme and employing as many people as possible, here in the local community."

yacht in the sea

The company has announced it "will be resuming full production over the next few weeks subject to guidance from HM Government.

Andrea Frabetti said:

"We are immensely proud of our role both within the local community and in support of British exports; now is the time to redouble our efforts and support the country back to prosperity.

"A great deal of work is taking place to prepare the business for a welcome phased return to 'normal' business although understandably, this will take several weeks as we align and synchronise the various teams.

"Fundamentally, individuals will continue to social distance with strict rules on how employees can work in certain on-board spaces.

"Hygiene remains of paramount importance with a vigorous cleaning regime in place and PPE will be issued to employees as appropriate."