At Martlets we’re re-organising the way we work within our trading operation, profit in our shops has been falling over the last two years and we know we have a responsibility to ensure we raise as much money as we can to care for local patients and families using Martlets Hospice services.

That’s why we’re changing the way we work in our shops; we’re not cutting costs but we know we can and need to raise more income for the hospice. We are investing in areas where we can support growth and are driving efficiencies in our distribution processes.

We’re now in a 30-day period of consultation with our shop staff and we are doing all we can to minimise the impact on staff. At the same time, we propose to create a number of new roles and will actively seek to redeploy staff where possible. We couldn’t run our eight shops without support from our team of volunteers so no we won’t be cutting any volunteer roles. In fact the new proposals will improve support to volunteers and we hope to recruit many more in the future.

We have no plans to close any of our shops and are actively looking for a new shop around the Western Road area of Brighton. We are investing in the business as we know there is potential to grow our trading income in the future.

None of these changes will affect the care services Martlets provides in any way. We're confident that these changes will help us raise more money for life changing hospice care in Brighton & Hove.