Farewell to Partnership Distribution as IVP prepares for Nottingham closure

IVP’S PARTNERSHIP DISTRIBUTION is set to cease operations at Christmas this year with all distribution services relocating to Macmillan (MDL) thereafter, but retailers are being reassured that it’s “business as usual for the trade in the run up to Christmas”, according to a press release issued this morning by Steve Apted, IVP UK’s Interim General Manager.

Cited in the press release, Steve — who remains in place to oversee the transition — said,

It will be business as usual for the trade in the run up to Christmas. Despatch operations from the Nottingham warehouse will cease on the 23rd December and we plan to be fully operational out of the MacMillan site in Swansea during the first few days of January 2016. We are working closely with all of our contract and wholesale distribution partners to ensure a seamless transfer. We are in consultation with each of them on their preferred distribution option following the closure of the Nottingham site. We will issue further information on any ordering or distribution changes within the next few weeks once these discussions have concluded. All IVP product returns will be honoured into 2016.

Speaking very highly of IVP’s Nottingham staff team — who have been invited to apply for a number of roles in the reconfigured organisation, but with at least 20 expected to face redundancy — Sam Richardson, SPCK’s CEO, said:

Those IVP staff members who do not find roles in the combined organisation will receive enhanced redundancy packages above and beyond what is statutorily required; we will do our utmost to ensure those staff are compensated for their many years of hard work and they find a good place to continue their careers.

Explaining the logistics of the decision, Sam is further cited:

Moving IVP into London maximises the efficiencies to be generated from combining the organisations, and thereby ensures the best possible platform for the continued success of the IVP and SPCK imprints, which will of course remain distinct. We have received increased sales and positive feedback from customers since we moved SPCK’s distribution to MacMillan Distribution Limited, and we expect similar results from moving IVP’s distribution to MacMillan.

Sam has also kindly offered a further Q&A on this latest development: watch this space for details and please continue to pray for the staff affected by the changes.