There must be some red faces somewhere
This particular Garland is not exactly smelling of roses today, having built a “small call centre” on the banks of the River Tyne in South Shields (so small that it competes with the flats on River Drive), and having promised an explosion in much needed employment, they threw all two or three eggs into the one basket, and tried to deliver a business model fashioned in Mumbai, using the labour of young impressionable people in South Tyneside at very low cost.
I wonder just how much has the local taxpayer contributed towards the setting up of the call centre at Market Dock/Wapping Street, how much cash was stumped up by development agencies, central government, or even the EU? How much did C.J. Garlands invest?
The reported stories of the poor lads and lasses who were summarily thrown on the scrap heap reveal much when read between the lines. Obviously not a company that prided itself on stakeholder involvement, nor one that encouraged bottom up communication or 360 degree business appraisals, nor by the looks of things (and I may be wrong) was there any recognised trades union representation.
Somebody would have had a good handle on their business methods before they were given permission to locate in South Shields, so the question has to be: must some of our local politicians share the responsibility for wrecking these young lives and selling the illusion of long term sustainable economic regeneration?