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Esh talks to subbies after Easten buy


DURHAM construction group Esh is talking to subbies of stricken restoration contractor Stephen Easten after rescuing the firm from administration last week.

Cashf low difficulties stemming from problems on a key contract forced Easten to call in administrator Tait Walker last week after 100 years in business with more than £2 million of debts.

Esh bought the firm from the administrator for an undisclosed fee, saving 105 jobs.

Chief executive Brian Manning said: 'We have fixed up meetings with subbies because we want to keep on as many of them as possible on the jobs if we novate them, and give them some security over future workload, but we're not responsible for the debts of the previous company.'