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Countrywide's cruellest cut of all - no more fresh fruit at Oxford Street HQ

The chief executive may have left, the share price may still be languishing around 100p and only days ago the firm issued a profits warning: now Countrywide has made the ultimate sacrifice - it’s scrapped its fresh fruit for staff at its central London HQ.

An insider told Estate Agent Today this week that a sign at Countrywide’s HQ on London’s Oxford Street informed staff that a decision had been made to stop both the daily fruit delivery and the corporate contribution to a social fund; it was put up shortly before Alison Platt was ousted as CEO.

Officially the reason is not to save money, but because the company says it cannot do the same for Countrywide staff in branches or support centres, and that it is key to “send the right message to our colleagues across the business.”

Estate Agent Today asked Countrywide for confirmation of the cut but has not yet received a response.

Around 500 people work at the Oxford Street HQ; in 2016 Countrywide staff who were already at the site - the executive team and commercial arm Lambert Smith Hampton - were joined by around 170 people from other London non-branch premises including key personnel from Hamptons International and John D Wood & Co.

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