Job fears for exhaust plant

Coun Dave Watts
Coun Dave Watts

Workers have spoken of their fears for their jobs after an exhaust manufacturing firm was placed into administration.

Employees at Bosal UK Ltd in Bamber Bridge were called into a meeting on Friday morning and told the company had been placed under the control of administrators Duff & Phelps.

Bosal UK is believed to employ around 120 people at the plant, at the Walton Summit Centre.

No-one at the premises would comment, but a statement issued on the firm’s behalf blamed reduced demand for some key products and the impact of a multi-million pound legal challenge brought by former employees.

It said: “The directors of Bosal UK Ltd announce with regret that they have been forced to place the company into administration. Given all of the factors, the directors believe that the company is unable to pay its debts and the future prospects for Bosal UK’s business and for its manufacturing operation near Preston can best be determined by a formal administration process which began today.

“The joint administrators can now use their best endeavours to secure a long-term future for the business, either as a single entity or in parts.”

One employee said they had anticipated the announcement, after a judge ruled in June Bosal UK was in breach of its contract when it laid off 57 employees from its Bamber Bridge base in 2007.

The worker said: “They called us into a meeting to say they were putting the firm into administration but we have to carry on with what we are doing. Everyone is worried, especially lads with families and mortgages.”

Bamber Bridge East Coun Dave Watts said the news was a concern.