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Former Grosvenor md loses unfair dismissal case

Published: 1 July 2013
Former managing director of Grosvenor Garden Centre Iain Wylie has lost a case against Blue Diamond in which he claimed the group had failed to follow a fair process of dismissal.
Former Grosvenor md loses unfair dismissal case
The Chester garden centre was bought by the Blue Diamond chain last year, after which Mr Wylie left as part of a shake-up of staff roles that included redundancies, transfers and promotions. The changes also saw the departure of financial controller Neil Blaxall, who has been equally unsuccessful in challenging Blue Diamond for unfair dismissal.

The pair also lost claims for redundancy pay and bonuses.

Speaking to DIY Week, Mr Wylie said: "Win or lose, I'd make no comment."

After Mr Wylie's exit, Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper told DIY Week that he had left voluntarily because his and other roles at Grosvenor were now duplicated within Blue Diamond. He also said Mr Wylie had declined two offers of senior roles at the group.

In October it was announced that Mr Wylie had been appointed interim chief executive of the Garden Centre Association. It was originally stated that he would be there only until the GCA conference this January but the role has now been extended until summer. Mr Blaxall has left the industry.

Following the conclusion of the case Mr Roper said Blue Diamond had always striven to be a fair and responsible employer and was "extremely pleased to be totally exonerated".


Published prior to March 2014
It was such a shame how poorly the Blue Diamond take over was handled, you would expect after the number of centres BD have acquired they would have learnt to do things a little more tactfully and have respect for their new staff. The Blue Diamond senior ops team were rude, caused nothing but chaos by turning the centre upside down and then leaving again. The HR department can only be described as useless - why did other team members in the centre know who was being made redundant before the individual knew themselves. Surely this isn't right?! I completely disagree with Mr Roper's comments of a fair and responsible employer, this is nothing but lies. If Blue Diamond were fair employers why did key members of the team feel worthless and have no choice but to leave voluntarily or as I like to call it "jump ship".

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