Redundancies planned at Rheged as restructure announced to secure centre's future (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Redundancies planned at Rheged as restructure announced to secure centre's future
UPTO 16 jobs could be at risk at one of Cumbria's largest family-run tourist attractions.
Rheged near Junction 40 of the M6 at Penrith has unveiled plans to re-organise.
The centre is part of parent company Westmorland Ltd which includes Tebay Services, The Westmorland Hotel and Westmorland Farm Shops, among other ventures.
A reduction in staff at Rheged is one of the ideas being considered to secure the centre's future.
Earlier this year it announced the appointment of new business manager, Michael Pemberton.
His blueprint has suggested reducing the workforce from 138 to 122, among other initiatives.
Speaking at the time, Mr Pemberton said he hoped to make Rheged a 'must see' attraction.
He said: "In Rheged and the team that work there, we have an amazing visitor attraction that has so much potential. In the 12 years its been open, there has been some great work done. I want to build on that work while bringing a fresh, new, vibrant approach.
"I want to inspire and lead the team to develop and deliver a truly unique visitor attraction that is embedded within the community and builds upon the pillars of food and drink, arts and culture, family and the outdoors."
Four years ago, Rheged won gold in the national tourism excellence awards.
Last year it was listed as second in a top 20 of Cumbria's most visited tourist attractions with 378,776 visitors.
Parent company Westmorland Ltd was originally founded by local farmer John Dunning and wife Barbara who opened Tebay Services in 1972 with 28 staff.
The company is now headed by their daughter Sarah and employs around 500 people across its sites.
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