STAFF at a furnishings manufacturing company which plunged into administration just a fortnight ago have expressed their relief at returning to work.
Two weeks ago all 146 workers at Montgomery Tomlinson’s factory and warehouse in Bretton were told they would be out of a job after the firm called in the administrators.
But yesterday some staff were back on site after a rescue buyout was announced.
Corporate finance firm a2e Venture Catalysts, led by former Grant Thornton executive Amin Amiri, has acquired the assets and business of the company from administrators KPMG.
Fifty staff are returning to work in the warehouse and offices today, with company directors hoping to bring back more employees by Christmas.
A total of 150 people are hoped to be re-employed at Montgomery Tomlinson sites around the UK.
A team of five staff had been working for free at the offices on Broughton Mills Road since Monday and have spoken of their delight at getting their jobs back.
Josephine Rainford, a financial controller from Bagillt, said: “When you lose your job you feel like you lose part of your identity.
“I’ve been here for 20 years and I thought I’d lost my identity, you start to wonder who you are.
“It’s been an absolute rollercoaster ride but because we’ve supported each other, we’ve got through it.
“That strength will take us forward.
“I’m very positive about the future, it was a good company before this and it will be stronger going forward.”
Rebecca Edwards, from Wrexham, credit controller for the company said she was excited to be back in work.
“I’ve got a lot of love and passion for this company and had great faith we’d get this deal pulled off.
“It was devastating to lose my job, realising that you can’t pay bills or feed the kids but being told I’d be staying on was exciting.
“There was a bit of relief, it was a rollercoaster ride. The five of us supported each other.
“I’m hopeful for the future and I’m very excited by it all.”
Sue Shaw, from Garth, near Llangollen, a supply chain manager, said: “I’m delighted to get my job back. I’ve been here 19 years and have a family connection to the business as my husband works here too.
“It was devastating when we found out we’d be losing our jobs, that was our whole income gone.
“We we’re quite lucky. We managed to pay our bills but once we heard the sale could go through we wanted to come in and fight for it.”
Directors are hopeful the sale can secure a bright future for the company and will lead to more staff returning to work as soon as possible.
Barry Goodman-King, director at Montgomery Tomlinson, said: “We’ve got a really strong desire to make sure the business has a future and to give people their jobs back.
“We want to get as many people back in as soon as possible.”
Joanne McEwan, Montgomery’s design director, told the Leader she was due to apply for benefits until she received the call to inform her the company had been saved.
“I was supposed to sign on on Thursday morning, but I got the call to come back phoned up the office straight away and told them I had my job back.
“I’m absolutely relieved - it’s been a long journey.
“Despite it only being two weeks but there’s been a lot of sleepless nights.”