Updated: 5th February 2020
A Dorset-based glazing firm called Larkin Windows has entered voluntary liquidation and been forced to hand a majority of its staff members redundancy notices.
The company, which operates primarily from a single facility in Weymouth, has published a statement on its website explaining that it has ceased trading and entered liquidation on a voluntary basis.
Reports from local news services say that staff at the windows company were only informed of the problems their employer was facing as it became public knowledge that it was entering liquidation.
“I’m really annoyed. There was no warning whatsoever,” Darren Asker, a former field manager at Larkin Windows told the Dorset Echo.
“The company must have known this was coming, they could have pre-warned people a couple of weeks ago to give people time to sort things out in time for Christmas.”
Customers who are worried about the potential impact on them of the company’s entry into liquidation are advised on the firm’s website to contact any of a number of relevant bodies, including the Double Glazing and Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme.
Plans are apparently in place for a meeting to take place between creditors and shareholders of Larkin Windows on December 23rd.
For the company’s almost 50-strong workforce the news of their redundancy has come as a big blow, particularly given the lack of warning and the fact that they have lost their jobs just over a week before Christmas.
“There was no warning from the bosses, there was plenty of work going, I was going to Exeter to do a job and came here to pick up the materials, and then they said it was closed,” another disgruntled former Larkin Windows employee told the Dorest Echo.
“I’m absolutely gutted. It’s the worst time of year for it to happen,” he said.
According to BBC Dorset, the local windows company had around 115 different contracts in place at the time of its entry into voluntary liquidation and some customers have been left with unfinished conservatory building jobs at their homes as a result of the situation. We have an extensive network of 78 offices offering confidential director support across the UK.