The Parts Alliance has taken on around 500 ex-employees of Unipart Automotive in the weeks leading up to and two weeks since the former parts distributor closed – with the number set to grow.
Some 320 jobs were saved when, in a joint rescue deal, The Parts Alliance and The Parts Alliance associate member Andrew Page agreed to take over 33 Unipart Automotive branches.
Peter Sephton, chief executive of The Parts Alliance, said: “It has been sad to see the decline and demise of Unipart Automotive. We have worked hard to interview and re-employ close to 500 talented individuals whose great experience and skills will benefit The Parts Alliance and our customers.
“Those re-employed include people at all levels, from senior members of the National Accounts team and Regional Directors to parts advisors, branch managers, business and operations specialists.”
‘’We take great care to allow prospective colleagues to understand us and our values, and get to know them. All too often I see employers making knee jerk reactions and false promises, offering jobs to people they have never seen or who have never seen and evaluated them. These are peoples lives we are dealing and it impacts their communities and families, so we owe it to all or colleagues to be open and transparent’
Sephton said The Parts Alliance had become the natural employer of choice in the sector as people have increasingly recognised the business group’s integrity and commitment to be a first choice place to work, backed by long-term substantial financial security.
He added: “We take great care to respect the individual and diversity in all respects, providing an environment in which colleagues can express their opinions and help us to build a great future together, while we invest in their development.”
Sephton said the recruitment drive is further proof of The Parts Alliance’s commitment to its existing customer base and others who are increasingly turning to it for quality products and services.
This, coupled with a quality parts offering, passion for service and industry leading catalogue and garage systems, with the most accurate look-up for parts of any supplier in the aftermarket with our proprietary Alicat online system, all help customers be more productive in their own businesses, and ultimately be more profitable, he said.
The HgCapital-backed The Parts Alliance has the largest distribution network in the automotive aftermarket with 278 branches across the UK and Ireland.