Updated: 5th February 2020
More than a hundred jobs have been lost after a call centre business based in London was forced to enter liquidation.
Griffin Place Communications had been providing outsourced call centre services from its operational facilities in Wales but has failed to repay creditors who are now scheduled to meet on August 15th.
The company had employed around 140 people at a call centre in Torfaen in south Wales, just north of the city of Newport.
Plans outlined by the business in November 2014 suggested that it was aiming to create around 300 new jobs in the area over a period of months.
Apparently on the understanding that these hundreds of jobs would indeed be created, Griffin Place was backed by £600,000 in funding from the Welsh government, which has been working to support enterprise growth and boost employment in different parts of the country.
However, those jobs were not created and the company is no longer viable, Wales Online reports.
In more positive news for former employees of Griffin Place, a separate local call centre company has said it hopes to add at least some of those impacted to its own workforce in the coming weeks.
We Fight Any Claims has grown its presence as a call centre employer in south Wales in recent years and has said its recruitment teams will be trying to find suitable employment for the former Griffin Place employees who have lost their jobs as a result of the company’s liquidation.
“It is always a difficult situation when any business feels the need to close its doors suddenly and this has a tremendous impact on its staff, the local economy and of course its customers,” said Simon Evans from We Fight Any Claim.
“We operate a call centre very similar to Griffin Place Communications did, and we would like to offer whatever help we can to those affected by this shock news today.”
Evans went on to question the mechanisms involved in seeing a company that was so close to insolvency being handed sizeable sums of money from the Welsh government.
“It is worrying that this company was heralded by the Welsh government at the UK Investment Summit at Celtic Manor in 2014 and received a large amount of public money. Questions must be asked of the process of approving such funds to businesses,” he said. Real Business Rescue provide director advice online, over the phone, or in-person at one of our 77 UK offices or a place of your convenience.