Thomas Cook's Birkenshaw site set to close

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Travel agent Thomas Cook has announced plans to close a second West Yorkshire site as part of a cost-cutting drive.

The company said it was looking to close its Birkenshaw office near Bradford, which employs 147 staff, by the end of January 2015.

A spokesman said some of the positions were at risk of redundancy while others would be transferred to Peterborough.

The announcement follows the closure of its administration office in Bradford last year, which affected 537 roles.

The company will now enter a 45-day consultation period to assess how many roles will be transferred to Peterborough.

Last March, Thomas Cook announced it was aiming to save £350m by 2015, in a bid to turn around its struggling business.

In a statement on the Birkenshaw announcement, the company said it had made "a commitment to improve the profitability of the UK business".

Reto Wilhelm, managing director, said: "We fully appreciate the impact this decision will have on our Birkenshaw-based employees and are committed to doing everything that we can to support the team over the coming weeks should our proposals go ahead."

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