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S. 's professional, supervisory, skilled and semi-skilled staff moved with the company. S. also reports that the numbers of staff leaving the company before the relocation took place were insignificant. This enabled continuity to be maintained right up until the move occurred. Out of the 850 people employed in London and Hertford, 150 moved to Corby. The relocators included 31 out of 33 departmental managers, 18 out of 21 marketing staff, 17 out of 21 engineering staff and 14 out of 16 purchasing staff.

The Corporation offered IDEC a greenfield site on the edge of the town centre which was zoned for office development. IDEC felt confident that it would be able to attract a high percentage of its staff to this location as the area not only offered a pleasant environment but was only about 20 miles from north London. A suitable developer was found to construct the new building. As soon as the contractors moved on site in August 1980, the company began to brief its employees on its plans. Employee briefing STC IDEC LIMITED has an open management style and, as a result, most employees were aware that a consolidation of activities was going to take place but that there were no suitable local premises which the company could take over.

Abortive purchases Some firms make special provision for abortive house purchases. In Nabisco's policy legal fees resulting from up to two unsuccessful attempts to purchase a house are refunded. And at VAG, if a house purchase falls through, further survey fees (in addition to the one building society and one private survey already carried out) may be reimbursed with the prior approval of the personnel manager. 87 35 27 32 24 21 9 9 5 5 2 1 4 9 7 7 4 3 1 4 (%) (158) 83 30 30 28 23 20 (%) (271) All - 5 5 3 11 6 5 18 9 9 13 8 8 8 - - 11 - 100 44 33 39 11 22 (18) (%) 77 36 9 27 36 23 (22) (%) Food Drink 95 45 29 39 21 18 (38) (%) Engineering 5 - - 3 2 6 6 6 12 4 12 5 10 5 9 6 9 4 (49) (%) Bank Finance 76 24 27 20 29 14 (42) (%) Wholesale Retail 90 29 33 29 17 29 81 26 32 23 21 20 (%) (108) All Service Source: Second Annual Study of Employee Relocation Policies Among Major UK Companies, Merrill Lynch Relocation Management International Ltd, March 1985.

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