Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Parents' anger at Bolsterstone uniform firm collapse

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Image caption The company said all paid orders would be honoured

Dozens of parents fear they will be left out of pocket after the collapse of a South Yorkshire company which makes school uniforms.

Andrew Spooner, owner of Company Classwear based in Bolsterstone, said the business had ceased trading and was due to be placed into administration.

Wendy Hocking, manager of Holmhirst Preschool in Woodseats, said many parents had outstanding paid orders.

Mr Spooner said all orders of clothes already paid for would be honoured.

Parent Lyndsey Shaw said she had not received an order worth £35.

'Difficult times'

"It's quite distressing really. In this current economic climate even £20 or £30 can be a lot of money."

Ms Hocking said the nursery had been using the firm for more than a year.

"We set up with this company with a promise of order one week and deliver the next and we've had orders piling up since September.

"We're offering this uniform service to parents and it reflects badly on us.

"I would ask that they do honour these costs. Parents with young children are facing difficult financial times."

Mr Spooner apologised on behalf of the company and said parents would receive their orders or a refund.

Phil Glaves, from Sheffield City Council Trading Standards, said people could protect themselves from loosing money through failed businesses by using a credit card or a charge back facility through a debit card.

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