This one came via an Amateur Photographer rumour
. They report that Leica Camera UK will close its UK office at Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire on 31 August. If true I doubt this is any particular cause for concern, except very sadly possibly for the staff, as they opened a store at 34 Bruton Place, Mayfair last year. If the rumoured closure is true it sounds as if they are consolidating their UK operation rather than anything worse.
It's official but, as hoped, it's a consolidation. Courtesy of Leica Rumors
Leica Camera Ltd statement regarding expansion of Leica Mayfair facilities and changes to Milton Keynes office
Expansion of Leica Mayfair facilitiesThe company has taken the first floor of 25 Bruton Place, directly opposite the Leica Store. This is to enable on-site Leica camera sensor cleaning and other product support. This new facility is due to be operative by mid summer 2010.
Milton Keynes Service Department and product technical supportThe company is proposing to restructure how it provides these services and is currently concluding an internal restructure consultation programme. Subject to completion of the consultation programme, the company is proposing to cease offering these services from Milton Keynes. The company is proposing to create three new Client Care positions to be located at Bruton Place, supporting all UK Leica owners.
In line with many other international brands, Leica Camera Ltd is to move to European direct distribution. Ordering, billing and stock enquiries will continue via the UK Sales Desk. There will be a phased transition between closing the Milton Keynes warehouse and transferring the distribution. The Milton Keynes warehouse is due to close in mid summer.
Milton Keynes Finance, Sales Desk and AdministrationThese departments are due to vacate our Davy Avenue, Milton Keynes offices by mid summer, moving to a new Milton Keynes location. The registered office address of Leica Camera Ltd will switch to our Bruton Place Leica facility.