A MAJOR employer in Pudsey is set to transfer its workforce of around 750 people to Leeds city centre offices.
Breakdown and vehicle recovery specialists Green Flag has operated its national call centre from offices at Dawsons Corner off Bradford Road in Pudsey since 1989.
Insurance Giant Direct Line, which owns Green Flag and the 90,000 sq ft Dawsons Corner building, say it is surplus to requirements and is to be closed down gradually from March to the end of this year.
Direct Line say there are no plans for redundancies. The company say Green Flag staff from will be moved to existing Direct Line offices on The Headrow and at The Wharf on Neville Street.
A company spokeswoman said Direct Line is exploring options, including selling the building, when the Green Flag offices have been fully closed down.
Councillors Andrew Carter and Rod Wood (Cons, Calverley and Farsley), said in a joint statement: “We are obviously very sorry to hear that Green Flag have decided to re-locate their business at Dawsons Corner to their other premises in Leeds.
“However, it is pleasing to note that there will not be job losses, and that staff will be transferred to the other Leeds premises. We hope that the premises at Dawsons Corner will be occupied by other business users as soon as possible, and we have asked Green Flag and officers at the council’s development department to keep us fully briefed on the situation.”
Christian Davis, business services director at Direct Line group, said: “Following a thorough review of our site strategy for the Leeds area, we have decided to close our office in Pudsey and consolidate all teams into our Leeds city centre buildings.”