Chemicals group ICI is cutting its head office PR team by a third,
making four people redundant, as it undergoes radical
ICI is two years into a programme of change. It is restructuring its
business away from basic commodity chemicals to speciality chemicals and
paints. The company will now focus on four key business areas: starch,
flavours and fragrances, industrial specialities and paint.
The corporate restructure had been expected to lead to job cuts in all
head office functions, but the 11 PR staff in the Millbank head office
are only now being told of the extent of the cuts in their
A company spokesperson said: ’Head office provides services such as PR
and legal advice to the group. There will obviously be less requirement
for these under the new structure. We are currently working out the full
implications and explaining the situation to staff.’
Public affairs vice-president Martin Adeney, who heads the corporate PR
function, is not expected to be among those made redundant. Their names
have not been disclosed.
Details of the job cuts are due to be announced in full at the company’s
half-year results on 22 July.
ICI employs Brunswick for its financial PR.