Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Now I've Got No Job to See Me through at Christmas

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Now I've Got No Job to See Me through at Christmas

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EMPTY parking bays, locked doors and 200 people without a job.

This is what remains after major construction firm Bardsley entered into administration yesterday.

The Tameside-based contractor was due to complete a number of major Manchester city centre projects, including residential projects at Meadowside and Blossom Street. But as of Thursday afternoon, sites were closed and staff were told to go home.

Just five days before Christmas, hundreds of employees have now been told they are out of a job - and some say they haven't been paid.

One sub-contractor, who wished to remain anonymous, told the M.E.N. his box of tools worth thousands of pounds was still locked on a site in Fallowfield.

The worker added: "I was due to be working on this site for six months after Christmas.

"Now I've got tools worth thousands of pounds locked on site, and no job to see me through at Christmas."

Bardsley Group Ltd cited 'challenging market conditions' and 'uncertainty in the political and economic environment' for the company's collapse.

A source told the M.E.N. that the primary issues for Bardsley were delays in payment from a number of projects, which led to cash flow problems. The source said: "This had been on the cards for months."

Administrator Duff and Phelps confirmed that all 200 staff, including around 80 sub-contractors, had been fully paid for December. But some selfemployed staff say they are still owed money by the firm.

A sub-contractor, who didn't want to be named, said he was still owed £4,000 from Bardsley Construction.

"Yesterday I had been working as normal and about 1pm my site manager received a call from the main office to just shut the site," he said. "This morning there was a meeting but I wasn't invited. I went along anyway but the entrance was guarded by security.

"I just wanted to find out if I was going to be paid before Christmas. …

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