Administrators have saved 178 jobs at the Thurmaston headquarters of WR Refrigeration
According to the Leicester Mercury, the positions are among a total of 255 jobs which have been saved at WR Refrigeration through the selling of a number of its major contracts to buildings maintenance firm Integral UK.
Joint administrator Eddie Williams, a director of business specialists PwC, said: “We have received a number of expressions of interest for parts of the business. I am delighted to have completed a transaction with Integral that will preserve the on-going employment of 255 employees.”
“We would like to thank both the customers and the company’s employees for their support over the last week, both in general and for this transaction.”
He said that 178 of the jobs that have been saved are in Leicester with the other 77 jobs saved at depot across the country.
Mr Williams said: “Our focus is now to continue to explore all options for the remaining parts of the business.
“However, I am afraid that some redundancies now appear inevitable based on the viability of the company and we will look to support the employees at this difficult time.”
He said the sale was completed today and the exact terms were confidential.
Nearly 300 workers are employed in Leicester while more than 300 are employed at five regional depots.
However, the firm appointed administrators on October 22 after being subject of a winding up petition from the HM Revenue and Customs over unpaid taxes.
Charnwood Borough councillor Mark Lowe, who represents the Thurmaston area, said: “I am very pleased that so many jobs in Leicester have been saved by the administrators.
“I represent many of the workers employed by WR Refrigeration and those I have spoken to were confident that some of the jobs could be saved.
“I hope that other contracts can be sold off and further jobs protected.”
Integral UK is one of the largest independent providers of property maintenance services in the UK, providing both planned preventative and reactive maintenance to more than 1,600 clients in 40,000 locations.
Some of the Leicester workforce are represented by the union Unite. No-one was available for comment from the union.