Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire building company Linford ceases trading

Interior view of the first floor old stock warehouse as it was in 2008.
Image caption The company was the contractor on an English Heritage project to preserve a silverware factory

A Staffordshire construction company has ceased trading with the loss of 240 jobs.

The Linford Group Ltd, which carried out specialist work in the construction industry across the UK, had been in business for 40 years.

The company's headquarters were in Lichfield where about 200 of its employees were based.

The company's website says it was involved in a number of high profile restoration projects.

'Industry difficulties'

Richard Goodwin, of Birmingham-based corporate recovery firm Butcher Woods, is handling the insolvency.

He said: "The company is unfortunately another casualty of the difficulties currently being faced in the construction industry.

"We are doing what we can to work with all parties involved to maximise realisations."

He said the redundancies were with "immediate effect".

He added efforts would be made to find building firms to buy existing contracts the company had which he said were at various stages of completion.

The firm was chosen as the contractor to restore a Birmingham school and manor house which was one of the winners of the BBC Two Restoration programme in 2004.

The competition saw television viewers vote for a number of restoration projects across the UK with the winners being chosen to receive funding for their repairs.

Linford Group was awarded the contract to restore the Saracen's Head and Old Grammar School in Kings Norton.

The company was also the contractor on an English Heritage project to preserve the JW Evans silverware factory in Birmingham.

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