Yesterday, Roberta raised the future of BHS in the Prince Bishop’s Centre and its staff with Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise.
Across the country, the collapse of BHS will lead to the loss of 11,000 jobs; it will have an enormous impact on the workforce and for their families and Roberta wanted to ensure that the staff at BHS in Durham can be confident that they will be taken care of and that their pensions will be safe.
In the Chamber, Roberta said:
“BHS was an anchor store in the Prince Bishops shopping centre in my constituency, and the staff who work there are really concerned about their future and that of their pensions.
There are wider issues, too, about the impact of closure on our high street. Can the Minister tell us what she is going to do to address my constituents’ concerns and to call to account previous owners and current owners and directors for any part they have played in the downfall of BHS?”
Moving forward, Roberta will be liaising with stakeholders to see how she can best support staff through this transition along with meeting with colleagues in Parliament to make sure that any further discussions that need to be had about the role played by the former or present administration get under way quickly.
If you are one of Roberta's constituents and are a member of staff of BHS or affected by this situation, please do get in touch by email, letter or phone if you require any help or advice.