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Taxi makers LEVC lay off 70 workers just a day after royal visit

Production workers based in Coventry at the London Electric Vehicle Company were told yesterday to expect 70 job losses.  Senior staff notified workers on temporary contracts at the Ansty Park site of its plans to reduce the workforce just one day after a royal factory visit from HRH Prince of Wales. 

Sources say the reduction in workers only affects temporary agency staff and not those on permanent contracts. There are currently over 750 employees working at the new state of the art factory. 

A spokesperson from LEVC said: “2019 will be a challenging year for UK automotive. "To prepare the business we are reducing the number of agency staff and making productivity improvements. 

After it’s first year trading as LEVC the firm finished 2018 with its strongest ever December for sales – they even handed over 30 vehicles on Christmas Eve.

September to December 2018 represented around 50% of total UK sales volume for the year – which highlights how much the pace of sales has picked up over the course of the year.

Earlier this month a source told TaxiPoint that LEVC will also be maintaining production levels over the next few months, which is traditionally quiet period for taxi sales. This was partly to build up TX stock to minimise any potential disruption from a potential “No Deal” Brexit for customers in both the UK and in Europe.

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