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Administrators forced to lay off 230 staff at WR

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Efforts to find a buyer for WR Refrigeration’s assets have come too late to save more than 230 jobs at the firm, it emerged today.

Last Thursday, administrators said they had secured 255 positions by selling a number of WR’s major contracts to a rival, but they also warned that some redundancies “appeared inevitable” based on the viability of the company.

Today it was reported that 232 jobs have now been axed, with a third of the redundancies coming in Leicester, where the company was based.

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Staff in Belfast, Cardiff, Dartford, East Kilbride, Ipswich, Leeds, Spalding and Swansea were also affected by the news.

Eddie Williams, joint administrator at PwC, said: “Unfortunately, the level of interest and support for the remaining business means that we have no alternative than to begin the wind down of the company. We have retained 119 employees to assist us and we will continue to explore options to support the transfer of people to other service providers.”

WR Refrigeration provided the installation, repair and servicing of refrigeration and air conditioning on a nationwide basis. It made sales of £58m last year.

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