Posted 14th March

Hull furniture manufacturer closes down

14th March 2019 - 14:06pm
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Hull-based bedroom and dining furniture manufacturer Kingstown Group – which traded under Kingstown Furniture and Consort Furniture – has ceased production and closed down, with Phil Deyes and Sean Williams of Leonard Curtis being named joint administrators.

The administrators have taken control of both businesses – which collectively employ 280 staff – and are in the process of winding down operations “in spite of attempts by the group to restructure operations and continue trading”, Leonard Curtis said.

Administrator Deyes said he and Williams are “seeking urgent expressions of interest in the remaining assets of the group, including the Kingstown and Consort brands, intellectual property rights and associated order book”.

Deyes said: “The market conditions faced by these two companies has been extremely challenging. Both have seen turnover fall dramatically, impacted mainly by a sharp decline in discretionary spending by UK consumers. Economic uncertainty continues to influence spending decisions, with little foreseeable improvement in demand.’’

“We are now focused on closing down operations, working with the customers to fulfil orders where we can and helping all employees work through the implications of being made redundant as a result of the immediate cessation of trade,” Deyes added.

Kitchen retailer Wren Kitchens has since come forward to offer support to Kingstown’s staff, saying it has machine operator, electrical and mechanical engineer and delivery driver vacancies at its three manufacturing facilities in Barton-upon-Humber, Scunthorpe and Howden, as well as head office and administrative vacancies for office staff at its Barton-upon-Humber headquarters.

“We have plenty of existing opportunities and are prepared to create new positions for staff who may be losing their jobs at Kingstown, which is a well-established business that employs talented people,” said a Wren spokesperson. “We feel it is important to keep manufacturing alive and help the Humber region.”

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