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Two administrations cost 57 jobs in the North

More than 50 jobs have been lost with two construction firms in the North of England entering administration.

Manchester-based building services contractor S Barratt & Co was placed into administration with the loss of 43 jobs.

Philip Francis Duffy and Steven Muncaster of MCR were appointed joint administrators of the business on 29 November.

The administrators are working with certain key employees to finalise the position on each contract.

S Barratt & Co was established in 1935 and worked in the commercial, industrial, retail and residential sectors.

Meanwhile, Tyne and Wear sub contractor New City Flooring went into administration with the loss of 14 jobs.

Mark Ranson and Phil Pierce of Baker Tilly Restructuring and Recovery were appointed administrators to the company on Monday 5 December.

Established in 1988 to serve the domestic market in the North East, New City Flooring expanded into the commercial market.

Based in Houghton-le-Spring, the company operated across the UK and had clients including Barclays Bank, Lloyds TSB and Monsoon.

But the administrators said it suffered from reduced gross margins over a sustained period of time, causing irreparable trading losses.  

Mr Ranson said: “It is a real shame that directors of such an established company have had to make the decision that they are unable to continue trading.

“The issues faced by New City Flooring were further exasperated by the general economic climate and increasing competition and are unfortunately symptomatic of the pressures that businesses within this sector continue to experience.”

The company employed 22 full and part time staff and made all but eight of these redundant on Wednesday 23 November. Remaining staff will be retained by the administrator while final works on outstanding contracts are completed.




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