Fears for 30 jobs at under-threat brickwork firm in Mold

Published date: 18 December 2013 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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DOZENS of jobs could be lost at a brickwork company just days before Christmas.

Up to 30 people could be laid off at C May Brickwork in Mold as the firm teeters on the brink of liquidation.

Seventeen core staff and 13 sub-contractors may be out of employment by Monday – two days before Christmas Day – director Clive May told the Leader yesterday.

The brickwork company, run by Mr May, is in difficulty after bosses said the bank stripped back the company’s overdraft, placing it under crippling cashflow constraints.

The firm is still trading but Mr May said liquidators were set to be called in by Monday.

The situation is a stark contrast to the fortunes of the company just three years ago, when it boasted 107 employees and a turnover of £2.6 million.

Mr May said he had told staff they could lose their jobs and praised them for their loyalty.

He said: “A lot of the lads have been here since 1997 – these are long-term jobs.

“We are stuck with no voice, nowhere to turn.

“There is never a good time to lose a job, but at this time of year it’s terrible.

“The lads have been supportive.

“We have a good core loyal workforce that have been kept fully up-to-date with what is going on.”

Mr May revealed his business had had to turn away offers of work for the company, worth £1.2m, as it was not financially possible to take on the work.

“We should be talking about creating jobs, given that we’d had orders worth £1.2 million,” he added.

“We had to turn down orders simply because we couldn’t finance the work.

“We’d be completely out of cash and go bust. It’s crazy to be in this position, it just doesn’t make sense.

“I’m clinging on for hope. It hasn’t sunk in yet, but when the door finally closes it will.”

C May Brickwork Ltd was established in 1996 by Mr May and his brother Nick.

The company has worked on buildings across Wales and the North West of England in its 17- year history.

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