Job losses threat at marketing agency

STAFF at a leading Yorkshire marketing agency are under threat of redundancy.

Brass, based on Alma Road in Leeds, is consulting with between 10-20 of its staff about losing their jobs.

It is understood that cuts in the public sector have forced the company to shed staff from its 175-strong workforce.

John Morgan, chief executive at Brass, said: "The economic difficulties continue to impact businesses in every sector and, consequently, budgets are being adversely affected. We have particularly felt this amongst some of our public sector clients.

"That has forced us to review our costs, and several weeks ago we started a consultation process.

"We have identified a number of roles that are at risk of redundancy and are in consultation with the individuals affected. That process is likely to conclude this week but until then we are unable to comment in any more detail publicly due to the ongoing nature of these discussions.

"Also, we are contracted with (York-based housebuilder] Persimmon until January 31 and again as part of ongoing discussions we cannot make any further comments on this subject.

"Brass is still a strong and profitable agency, and we have enjoyed consistent growth over our 27-year history.

"The actions we are taking are extremely painful for everyone concerned, both those directly affected and the rest of the business.

"We have a great team of talented people, a client list that is second to none and we have a responsibility to maintain the long-term strength of the business."

The company's client list includes the Department for Education, first direct, Ribena, CBBC, Warburtons and Persimmon Homes.

The marketing agency has won many honours from organisations such as The Travel Marketing Awards, CIPR Pride Awards, The Institute of Promotional Marketing and the Marketing Communication Consultants Association.

Brass was known as Brahm and its sister brand swamp which were rebranded to fit in with the business's new approach as a digitally-centred agency. On its website the company describes itself as: "An agency grounded in traditional marketing, with digital thinking right at our heart and an amazing ability to build relationships that bring real business benefits."

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