Lost jobs and deposits as bathroom firm goes bust

A BATHROOM supplier in Weston has gone bust, leaving staff out of jobs and customers out of pocket.

Weston Bathrooms, which has a showroom in the Weston trading estate, has gone into administration along with its sister business Yate Bathrooms.

And outstanding orders made by customers before the firm’s collapse may also not be refunded, leading to anger from people who bought items from the company prior to its collapse on April 1.

The demise of the company, which had a turnover in excess of �1.2million last year, has been blamed on a significant decline in sales.

All 12 staff employed by the two branches of the firm, including the directors, have lost their jobs.

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Manor Road resident Peter Harris bought an �899 bathroom suite from the company’s showroom in Phillips Road just one week before the firm folded.

He said: “I feel a bit cheated really, we’re retired so money doesn’t come easily, and we had saved up for a while to fit our new bathroom out.

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“When we put the order in and paid it quite quickly, the management should have been in a position to tell us about the state of the company, the staff weren’t to know, they were probably every bit as in the dark as we were.”

Simon Haskew and Neil Vinnicombe from corporate recovery specialists Begbies Traynor have been appointed as administrators.

Mr Haskew said: “We have written to all known customers who had placed orders with the company and we are trying to ascertain whether there are any items in stock.

“We are uncertain whether any orders will be honoured as much of the stock is subject to retention of title clauses by suppliers.

“We are seeking legal advice and will revert to customers in due course. In the meantime, those customers who placed orders on credit cards are advised to contact their credit card company about reclaiming funds.”

He added: “We are currently formulating proposals which will be sent to all known creditors within eight weeks of our appointment.”

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