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Woolworths staff reunited by new website

Published: 15 April 2009
Former Woolworths senior manager has set up and funded a website dedicated to help ex-Woolies employees keep in touch and even find a new job.
Woolworths staff reunited by new website
Designed to 'provide support and help through the trauma of redundancy', WoolworthsReunited was launched by Paul Seaton just one day after he was made redundant from the high street chain in December.

The original idea for the site was simply to help former employees stay in touch, share news about the company and support each other through a difficult time.

But, explained 48-year old Mr Seaton, by January 7 when the last of the Woolworths stores had closed their doors, the website was advertising more than 5,000 job vacancies.

"I had a very enjoyable and rewarding career with Woolworths for 25 years. It was a great company, who valued people and inspired tremendous loyalty."

He added: "I wanted to put something back. For many, losing Woolies was like losing their family. I can't think of a better way of using the last four months than helping 4,000 friends find a new job."

The idea of putting jobs on the site came about when a former Woolies HR manager, Iain Lewis started asking employers if they had any vacancies and offered to write to people from his address book if WoolworthsReunited could provide space for the company to advertise online.

Mr Seaton said: "The employers were brilliant. As soon as we had a few jobs on the site and firms saw what was possible, it just snowballed."

Woolworths went into administration on November 27, 2008, making 27,000 full and part-time staff redundant. Despite efforts made by administrators Deloitte and JobCentre Plus, most employees received only the minimum statuary redundancy pay from the Insolvency Service and had to go on the dole.

Directors at big plc companies got involved and providing practical help as well as vacancies. According to Mr Seaton, one big competitor made its entire HR team available to support Woolworth's staff through the ordeal, offering coffee and a chat about benefits and retraining, as well as advice about getting another job.

Several companies even laid on special help-lines for staff at their own expense.

Since its launch, 125,000 people have visited WoolworthsReunited and 2,000 ex-Woolies employees have signed up to receive emails from the site. In January alone, Mr Seaton's ex-colleagues visited 144,149 pages. The running total now exceeds a third of a million.

As Mr Seaton proudly concluded, and one has to agree - "Not bad for one chap working on his home computer."

Comments

06 March 2019 13:54:36
Pam Jones

looking for Brian Finch who worked as an undermanager to Mr. Cotton in Ebbw Vale woolworths. 

21 February 2019 14:53:44
Anthony Phillips
I've been looking for the former manager of Woolworths Ebbw Vale Brian Finch.
25 January 2019 20:21:44
Gordon Avery
I worked for Woolworths from 1970 when I started in the stockroom at 88 Torquay My full list of stores I worked in are listed below. After leaving Torquay in March 1973 I worked at 151 Exeter followed by 477 Paignton. 1973-74 56 Plymouth. 1974-75 730 Newquay. 1975. Summer 202 Maidenhead. 1975-76 730 Newquay 1976. Summer 151 Exeter. 1976-1998 I would love to hear from ANYONE who may remember our time together. Had some fantastic times, great social occasions. My ail is gwavery123@gmail.com PLEASE do not be shy, get in touch. We have had a couple of reunions from 151 Exeter,. although the last time was about four years ago.
13 April 2018 18:05:22
Jenn

hi. Remember the glass / plastic containers filled with candy only accessible to the lady inside the cube?  30 different kinds of candy scooped and weighed.  Candy girls?  Wondering what that thing was called or a nickname for the area.  

Published prior to March 2014
By Christine
My Grandad was an Assistant Manager for woolworths in 1930 does anyone know which one. I would love to know
Published prior to March 2014
By Ray duke
I worked there for a couple of eventful years 1977-79. Anyone remember those days?
Published prior to March 2014
By Rosemarie slaven (mills)
I am looking for a good friend who I worked with in the Muswell hill store around 1983-4
Published prior to March 2014
By pete pederson
hi I worked at the mall capitol court in Milwaukee wi for manager ernest jarman. then at signal hills center in st paul mn. stock boy in Madison wi and asst mgr in Janesville wi is there still anybody out there that worked in those stores let me know
Published prior to March 2014
By Robert Sharpe
Hi I noticed a post on here from the above lady who would like to contact me i wonder if you could pass on my details robertsharpe241@msn.com many thanks
Published prior to March 2014
By Eleanor stinchcombe
I would love to find an old friend who managed retford, gainsborough, berwick upon tweed and holyhead woolies. He was knoen as bob sharpe but I think his name was robert or william.he will now be about 70. His last store I believe was in northern ireland
Published prior to March 2014
By marion newton (nee paris)
i worked in the edinburgh princes street branch from 1970
Published prior to March 2014
By Karen Temple Sterly
I worked at the Woolworths in Yorktown Mall, Illinois. I would like to know if ANYONE knows where I can contact the manager named Roger.
Please email me at ksterly@comcast.net
THANKS
Published prior to March 2014
By Virginia Woods (Nee Connolly)
I worked in the old branch of Woolworths in Harlow from 1974-1979. It would be lovely to hear from others who worked there at that time.
Published prior to March 2014
By Kathleen Corbett now Doyle
Doreen Cox was her maiden name, she was the Manager at the Harlow Branch in the 70's Im Kathleen and have two children Sarah and Darren, Ive been trying for so long to locate Doreen. She was a wonderful friend to me and I have never forgot her kindness, my mum would love to find her as well.
Published prior to March 2014
By Kev Smith (Asst Mgr 1244)
Hi to everyone at Newark and Scunthorpe branches. Got out B4 the crash, running succesful Pub and restaurant in Ilkeston Derbyshire. Find me on facebook (Rutland Cottage) or email me
k.smith774@btinternet.com
Published prior to March 2014
By rose ball
would like to announce to any 1 who knew lynne kirby from any of these branches that she sadly passed away on 28 jan 2011 due to long term ill health arrangments for funeral are yet to be arranged will update as soon as i know thx
Published prior to March 2014
By Janice dobinson
I'm trying to locade Cec Sherwood who worked with me at Woolies Allenstown up to arounf 1998.
Published prior to March 2014
By deborah mcginty
hi i received a email from yourself regarding a man called joe dunn who wanted you to pass his email address on to me.i was wondering if you still had it and if you could pass it on to me.thank you

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