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Down but not out: MP calls for ‘immediate and decisive action’ to save Auto Windscreens

Down but not out: MP calls for ‘immediate and decisive action’ to save Auto Windscreens

Following the devastating news that Chesterfield based Auto Windscreens had entered administration, putting around 400 jobs in the town at risk, local MP Toby Perkins has called for all parties to come together to save the company from extinction.  In a series of emergency talks, the MP will be talking to administrators Deloitte LLP and working alongside UNITE the Union, Government Ministers and the Local Enterprise Partnership to call on potential investors to facilitate a swift takeover after the issuing of a winding up order yesterday.

Just a few weeks ago, Mr. Perkins met with the Managing Director to learn about the company’s attempts to emerge from an extremely tough period. After registering a loss of £5 million in the financial year ending in December 2009, there had been optimism that the company could trade their way back into profit, but a winding up order, enforced by senior creditor HM Revenue & Customs and further delays to the company’s attempts to find a buyer have seen the company fall into administration.

After staff were sent home on Monday, Mr. Perkins is calling on the Secretary of State for Business to consider Government intervention in the same way as the Pfizer site in Kent when jobs were saved in a last minute deal.

Mr. Perkins said:-

“This is a crucial period for the future of Auto Windscreens and for hundreds of Chesterfield people currently worried about losing their jobs. This is also a time for Government, the trade union and the Local Enterprise Partnership to come together to consider any avenue available to keep this company trading. With immediate and decisive action there may still be a chance to turn this awful news around. I will continue to hold talks with all parties concerned in the hope that this situation can be salvaged for the good of Auto Windscreens and the people of Chesterfield”.

3 Responses to “Down but not out: MP calls for ‘immediate and decisive action’ to save Auto Windscreens”

  1. Mick Wall says:

    I sincerely hope that the government will look objectively at the plight of Autowindscreens and provide the support needed to save this business. If Pfizer can be saved for the sake of hundreds of jobs in the South then it is only right to save this long established employer in the North.

  2. We should have been made aware of this before it got this far says:

    Absolute shock im gutted for everyone involved, You are all a bunch of good guys!! Money doesnt grow on trees as the company has already found out. But this hasnt happened over night, Everyone kept in the dark about this even tho its been coming for months, The one briefing we get is the one on monday at 4pm after being made to work the full day saying “bye bye” company into administration (oh and you aint getting payed)
    57hour days up to 6days a week and this is how we get treated
    This company should be a money making machine, Im devestated!!

  3. Sclarke says:

    I would just like to say that I have worked for Autowindscreens for the last 12 years and for it to come to this is simply down to bad management they blame the I,T system but its down to management at the end of the day.
    We have a great company with a workforce that are comitted to working hard and doiing all they can to make Autowindscreens a great company again I cant understand how the secound biggest windscreen company can just go out without a fight the impact on other suppliers who deal and supply us will be massive.

    I only hope that there is someone out there that wants to buy us and put us back on the map again Im one person but behind me are all those who work for Autowindscreens I hope someone reads this and acts quick the longer this goes on the worse it is for everyone who works for Autowindscreens.

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