Former Macob groundworkers celebrate Christmas with Persimmon
17 December 2015
Former staff of crisis-hit Macob have celebrated Christmas with their new employer, Persimmon Homes.
About 145 people lost their jobs when Cardiff-based property and construction group Macob ceased trading last year.
However, Persimmon Homes West Wales was able to take on 75 of the groundworkers, saving the men from unemployment.
The new groundworks operative division had its Christmas party at Neath Rugby Club recently.
Huw Llewellyn, managing director of Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: "It was a real blow to the industry when Macob sadly ceased trading and so many people lost their jobs.
We were delighted to be able to offer many of them jobs within Persimmon. They have settled in very well and are now playing a vital role in our continued expansion.
I’m glad they had a good Christmas party and I hope there are many more to come."
Persimmon Homes East Wales has also taken on former Macob staff. About 95 per cent of Macob staff are now employed within Persimmon.
Persimmon Homes West Wales employs an average of 600 people each week, including around 500 tradesmen and 100 office-based staff, as well as creating many more jobs indirectly.
Approximately 2.4 jobs are created for every house that is built. Across the whole of the UK, Persimmon Homes has pledged to build 80,000 homes over the next five years.