Isle of Man coach company cuts its workforce of 15


An Isle of Man coach company is to make all 15 members of its staff redundant because of financial difficulties.

Protours, which has operated on the island for more than 40 years, gave staff three-month redundancy notices.

Company boss, Roy Lightfoot said the past year has been the worst in the firm's history.

He added: "We need to take a step back and take stock- I am hoping we will be able to re employ our drivers on a freelance basis in the future".

Protours Isle of Man, which is based in Ballasalla in the south of the island, has been running coach excursions on and off the island since the 1970s.

Drivers were given the news on Wednesday.

"This has not been one of my best weeks, " Mr Lightfoot said.

"I am taking this step because I don't want to be financially embarrassed, I like to think we have given a good service to the Isle of Man but the government's Freedom to Flourish slogan has not been true for us".

The Freedom to Flourish campaign is a strategy approved by Tynwald to promote the Isle of Man.

It claims the island is a place "where people and business will find the right environment in which to reach their full potential".

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