Brammer, the industrial products distributor, is considering closing its warehouse and administration operation in Coventry placing 85 jobs at risk.

The listed company said today it had launched a consultation with staff over the proposals which would see distribution activities move from Coventry to the Black County and office function done from its existing HQ in Manchester.

The statement said: "It is proposed that, subject to employee consultation, the company close the Coventry site by the end of the summer.

"The proposed consolidation would enable the company to better utilise the significant spare capacity and highly automated warehouse systems that exist in the Wolverhampton distribution centre, allowing streamlining of the stock holding, supply chain and logistics activities which are currently duplicated at the Coventry site.

"It would also enable the consolidation of all UK finance and administration activities at the Wythenshawe office, further improving customer service and operational efficiency."

The Coventry site currently has circa 180 staff.

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