Kingstown Furniture staff offered new jobs at Wren Kitchens after firm closes

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 Mar 2019

Wren Kitchens has offered a lifeline to the 280 staff who lost their jobs on Wednesday when Hull firm Kingstown Furniture closed suddenly.

The kitchen retailer, which has bases in Barton, Howden and Scunthorpe, said it currently has vacancies at all of its sites, and has urged former Kingstown Furniture staff to apply for the roles.

Kingstown Furniture employees arrived at work on Wednesday, only to be told hours later that the company had entered administration and was closing with immediate effect.

Wren has also said it is willing to create new positions for staff affected by the closure.

A Wren spokesman said: “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.

Kingstown Furnitures

“We feel it is important to keep manufacturing alive and help the Humber region.

“Wren is continuing to expand, creating 17 new showrooms nationwide in 2019, and manufacturing and delivering around 2000 kitchens a week, so we are always looking to recruit good people.

Read more: 280 jobs go as Hull furniture firm suddenly closes as administrators brought in

“We are a passionate family-run business and proud of our record as an employer.”

Wren is also set to move into a new facility in Brough, at the Humber Enterprise Park.

Wren has more than 75 showrooms across the UK (BIRMINGHAM MAIL)

Staff at Kingstown Furniture were seen leaving the business at lunch time on Wednesday, and said their farewells to colleagues and wished them well for the future.

In the year up to April 2018, Kingstown Furniture made a loss of almost £400,000.  A public sale of stock had been held in the weeks up to the closure, but it still came as a shock to the 280 staff working at the firm.

Anthony Brown, who worked at the business, said: “No one knew this was coming. We all just came to work this morning like normal.

“The way the company has handled it isn’t right. There was no warning. We just got hauled into a meeting at around 11am, and got told that was it.

Anthony Brown and Carl Metheringham, who worked at Kingstown Furniture (Hull Live)

“I’ve got bills to pay and a family – I’ve got no idea what I’m going to do.”

Administrators for Kingstown Furniture said a drop in sales and “challenging market conditions” were to blame for the business’ demise.  Phil Deyes, of Leonard Curtis Business Rescue & Recovery, 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.’’

Now staff are being urged to apply for roles at Wren Kitchens.  As well as jobs being advertised at its three manufacturing sites, roles are also available at its headquarters in Barton.

Jobs are available for machine operators, electrical and mechanical engineers, delivery drivers, head office roles, administrative roles and other manufacturing positions.

Those interested can send details of any positions that interest them, with a covering letter and CV, to recruitment@wrenkitchens.com .



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