Criticism after bid to recruit staff from Leicester-based Jessops falls on deaf ears
The boss of a firm looking to recruit up to 30 people said it "beggars belief" his effort to offer an employment lifeline to Jessops workers has fallen on deaf ears.
About 80 staff are still employed at the collapsed camera chain's head office in Braunstone Frith, Leicester, but face redundancy in the next few days.
The 78-year-old company closed all its 187 stores on Friday, with the loss of 1,370 jobs, two days after plunging into administration.
Now, pension firm Mattioli Woods hopes to recruit some of Jessops's head office staff to fill between 20 and 30 vacancies at its headquarters in Grove Park, Enderby, at which it employs more than 250 staff.
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However, bosses have been left frustrated after no-one from Jessops would take their call.
Chief executive Ian Mattioli said: "We find ourselves as a business demonstrating annual growth-on-growth, but we are struggling to find staff.
"Our team has tried to contact the HR department of Jessops without any response – it beggars belief. We have a variety of roles available, from support staff to specialised account managers, and HR posts.
"Some roles do not require an office background and we are happy to re-train."
Marketing manager Mark Slaviero said: "When there are so many cutbacks going on and we have all these jobs, it just seems ironic."
No-one from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Jessops' administrators, was available for comment last night.