Sir Philip Green, the former owner of BHS, is to offer 1,000 jobs to his former staff at his Arcadia retail business empire. Sir Philip made the move a week after he was quizzed by MPs over the demise of BHS. The jobs will mainly go to those already working at Arcadia concessions such as Dorothy Perkins and Wallis within BHS shops.
Arcadia declined to comment, but BHS marketing director Tony Holdway told the Evening Standard: “Lots of work is going on from both sides to find BHS people jobs in Arcadia, including the fast tracking of interviews.”
During a parliamentary hearing last week, Sir Philip Green offered an apology to the people who worked at the company he sold for £1 last year. He told MPs: “There was certainly no intent to be like this. And I want to apologise to all the BHS people who have been affected. I can’t make everyone happy. Hopefully, we can find some solutions. Nothing is more sad than how this has ended.”
Sir Philip owned BHS for 15 years until 2015, when he sold it for £1 to a consortium led by Dominic Chappell, a former racing car driver, who had no retail experience and has been declared bankrupt at least twice. BHS went into administration in late April and is in the process of being wound down.