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Chemist chain Boots plans to shed up to 350 jobs

Boots could axe up to 350 jobs as its presses ahead with a three-year plan to boost growth.

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The chemist chain said the shake-up would impact assistant store managers in its larger shops, as it proposes to slash between 300 and 350 management roles.

The company – which employs nearly 60,000 people across the UK – said it would make the cuts through redundancies, or by retraining and moving staff into different roles.

The announcement came as it revealed 400 staff would transfer from Boots to call-centre provider Teleperformance, which will run two of the retailer’s customer service centres.

It said the move will take place on March 14, with staff continuing to work in Nottingham.

Simon Roberts, president of Boots, said he believed the plans would help build “an even better Boots and drive future growth”.

The cuts come after the retail giant revealed in June last year that it would axe 700 jobs as it overhauled the structure of the business.

Boots, which has 2,500 stores across the UK, was at the centre of a mega-merger between Alliance Boots and US pharmacy group Walgreens.

The new group, Walgreens Boots Alliance, is based in Chicago but the headquarters of Boots remains in Nottingham, where its founder, John Boot, first opened a herbalist shop in 1849.

In July, the owner of the high street chain, Walgreens Boots Alliance, announced that it had snapped up the Liz Earle Beauty business from Avon.

Liz Earle, which is a premium UK skincare and botanical range that uses naturally active ingredients, was bought by Avon in March 2010 in a deal that is said to have netted entrepreneur Liz Earle a multimillion-pound fortune.

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