HPI staff face jobs axe in operations merger with CAP Automotive

Time 9:55 am, September 10, 2015

VEHICLE provenance specialist HPI is to close its Salisbury call centre, putting up to 100 jobs at risk.

Parent company Solera UK made the announcement, saying it would be merging some of the operations there with HPI’s sister company CAP Automotive in Leeds or elsewhere.

A consultation process with staff has begun, and in a statement HPI managing director Neil Hodson, pictured above, said: ‘This is clearly a difficult time for our Salisbury team and our priority is to consult with them and to explore ways of mitigating the impact on our team.

‘Solera is committed to building a growing business and we want to retain highly-valued skills so we will examine all options for our staff, including possible relocation or home working.’

CAP chief executive officer Ian Rendle said: ‘Our aim is to accelerate growth by bringing our CAP and HPI teams closer together. Each is already a brand leader in its field, and through better sharing of ideas, expertise and opportunities, we are confident we can unlock more product innovation and commercial success for the business overall.’

Hodson added: ‘Together we are stronger and able to provide an offer that is unmatched by our competition. The proposed new structure will enable us to create more product innovation and commercially effective products for our customers, and accelerate the growth of both the HPI and CAP brands whilst also streamlining group operations.’

Solera Holdings bought HPI for £94.4m in 2009, adding CAP to its portfolio last November for £295m.

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