Job losses at drinks firm's Welwyn Garden City HQ

A SPECIALIST drinks retailer based in WGC is set to slash a quarter of its workforce. Of the 340 people who work at First Quench Retailing s HQ in Bessemer Road, a total of 78 are facing redundancy. A spokeswoman for the company, which owns Threshers, Win

A SPECIALIST drinks retailer based in WGC is set to slash a quarter of its workforce.

Of the 340 people who work at First Quench Retailing's HQ in Bessemer Road, a total of 78 are facing redundancy.

A spokeswoman for the company, which owns Threshers, Wine Rack and The Local, said the group was "entering a consultation process" with its head office staff.

She added: "This process may lead to around 60 head office and 18 field management [regional or district managers] positions being made redundant.

"Like other retailers, FQR is operating in an exceptionally challenging economic climate with a consumer downturn and looking to re-shape the business for the future.