Admiral has merged its software distribution unit, Admiral Software, into its customer solutions division, in a move that it described as "creating a more efficient structure". But a former managing director of the company claimed the distribution unit was effectively shut down four weeks ago and that there have been a number of redundancies.
Peter Huish, former managing director at the distribution arm, claimed that, at the end of last year, all Admiral Software salesmen were made redundant. ?Admiral Software has lost all of its distribution,? he claimed. ?It tried to make its technical team into salespeople. Instead, it's been placed as a business group under another Admiral company.?
Huish said that, when he worked at Admiral Software, there was a group of 20 to 24 people working for the distributor. ?They haven?t brought in any new software distribution since I left,? he said.
But Brian Rowe, sales director of Admiral Customer Solutions, could not confirm any redundancies. He said: ?What?s happened is that Admiral has formed a larger software company. One was a product company and the other was a distribution company. We?ve brought them together under the one management team. There?s been a change in structure.?
He said the company still existed and traded as Admiral Software. ?The business they?re doing, in part, continues. Admiral Software continues as a legal entity and a trading company. There are several products we?re good at and we?ll continue with them,? he said.
But Rowe declined to say which software products were still distributed. ?Our customers know which ones they are,? he said.
Rowe said: ?Huish does have an axe to grind and we do as well and we can?t comment on it. We?ve had a management restructuring and Admiral Software is now under Admiral Customer Solutions.?
Mike Hensmann, executive vice president at Cyrano Software, whose products are distributed by Admiral Software, said: ?I?m trying to discover what the situation is and I?m talking to Brian [Rowe]. ?I understand some jobs have been lost at the company.?
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