Norfolk

Norfolk windows company announces closure

Aspen Windows
Image caption Aspen Windows is based at Lenwade near Norwich

Nearly 100 workers could lose their jobs when a windows firm near Norwich closes.

The closure of Aspen Windows was confirmed by its Herefordshire-based owner the Rehau Group.

At one time it had more than 300 staff but the current workforce is about 100. The firm hopes to redeploy some of the workers.

The downturn in the building industry is being blamed for the closure of the firm, in Lenwade.

Current orders will be completed, but no new ones will be taken.

The Norwich area is one of the centres of the UK's double glazing industry.

The biggest windows company in the county is Anglian Windows, set up by the entrepreneur George Williams.

After selling Anglian, Mr Williams set up Aspen Windows in 1992 - which later became part of the Rehau Group.