North East Wales

Builders Linford Group shuts Hawarden branch

A construction company which has ceased trading with the loss of 245 jobs has confirmed 12 positions will be lost in its Flintshire branch.

Staffordshire-based Linford Group Ltd said 233 jobs will go in the Midland and south west of England, and 12 at its branch office in Hawarden.

The company said Hawarden staff had "performed very impressively over the years".

It said bad debts were to blame for its closure.

Sean Wood, chief executive of F and EV Linford Ltd, said: "The staff based at Hawarden have performed very impressively over the years, with many award winning projects to their credit .

"The situation has been brought about by a series of bad debts suffered by Linford Group Ltd.

"Probably the ultimate decision followed the news that a further outstanding debt would not be paid from a large contract in the Midlands."

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

'Major step back'

The company's website claims it has been involved in high profile building restorations.

It claims to have worked on improvements at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, and says it recently completed the £8.5m Llys Nant care home at Prestatyn, Denbighshire.

It was also working on an old printer's building in Caernarfon, Gwynedd, which TV production company Cwmni Da is relocating to.

Cwmni Da's managing director, Dylan Huws, told BBC Radio Cymru: "We did think that the group might have been having problems, but not this serious.

"They've been on site for quite a few weeks and work was progressing. It came as a bit of a shock."

Describing it as a "major step back," Mr Huws added: "The first thing we did was to secure the site, and we're taking steps to see how we can get the project restarted."

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 redundancies were with "immediate effect".

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