North East Wales

Montgomery Tomlinson curtains firm closure costs 500 jobs

More than 500 jobs have been lost with the collapse of a Flintshire-based curtains company.

The administrator KPMG has been appointed after attempts to find a buyer for the Montgomery Tomlinson business failed.

The 146 staff at the Bretton warehouse near Broughton are being made redundant and none will be paid wages for August.

A further 384 staff at 123 concessions including Debenhams and House of Fraser are also to lose their jobs.

KPMG said Montgomery Tomlinson ceased trading as soon as the administrators were appointed.

Joint administrator Will Wright said: "Despite the tireless efforts of the directors to secure a sale of, or investment in the business, over the last four weeks it has been impossible to find a workable solution to enable the company to continue to trade and they have made the difficult decision to appoint administrators.

"As a result of an increasingly competitive marketplace, a fall in sales left Montgomery Tomlinson critically short of cash and unable to meet its liabilities.

"Given the cash position of the business, unfortunately there are insufficient funds to make payments for August salaries and we will be working as hard as possible to assist employees in their claims to the redundancy payments office."

A helpline (0845 672 8052) has been set up for employees that have been made redundant.

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