It has been confirmed, via reports on the BBC, that UK Windows & Doors Group has been placed in administration. It is said that this will result in the loss of more than 500 job.
496 are expected to be lost at their sites in Treorchy, Llwynypia, Williamstown and Taff’s Well, all in Rhondda Cynon Taf. Another 67 are to go at sites in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. Biggleswade is where the jewel in the UKWG crown, Evolution, are based.
Rumours began to swirl during the middle of last week, where questions were being asked about the health of the company. Those rumours only grew to the end of the week, where the industry expected a statement to be made at some point on Monday. That confirmation has since been made by administrators Teneo.
In a statement to the BBC, Teneo said:
Recent economic uncertainty due to high consumer price inflation, rising interest costs and the associated reduction in consumer confidence has led to house builders slowing down their build programmes and retail window companies experiencing a fall in demand.
This has resulted in a further large reduction in demand for the company’s products, leading to losses and associated funding requirements at an unsustainable level.
Teneo have confirmed that one of their brands, Sevenday Windows, has been sold off, with 91 jobs saved. It is not immediately clear who the brand has been sold off to. This article will be updated with that news when it becomes available.
In a sign of the severity of the loss to the local area, a joint statement has been released by Labour MP Sir Chris Bryant, Councillor Andrew Morgan OBE and Labour Senedd Member Buffy Williams:
Only three months ago, the UK Windows And Doors Group decided to close Duraflex altogether, with the loss of 100 jobs and the hopes that it would save the group overall. Sadly it has not been enough to be able to do so. You can catch up on that news here: https://www.doubleglazingblogger.com/2023/06/a-statment-on-duraflex-from-uk-windows-and-doors-group/
You can read the full report on the BBC here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-66987799
This is a developing story and will be updated…
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