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10 jobs in jeopardy at troubled city firm

BY CLARE WEIR

At least 10 jobs are in jeopardy in Belfast after a refrigeration company went into administration.

PriceWaterhouseCoopers, administrators of WR Refrigeration, announced the sale of a number of WR's major contracts to Integral, one of the UK's largest independent providers of property maintenance services.

WR has its head office in Leicester and installs and maintains refrigeration and air-conditioning plant for the UK retail, distribution and wholesale sectors.

The firm employs 599 people and operates from five regional locations across the UK including Belfast, where 13 engineers are based at its service centre in Dargan Crescent.

While the sale of the company's contracts to Integral will safeguard 255 jobs, the administrators said that no regional breakdown of safeguarded employment was available.

Eddie Williams, joint administrator and director at PwC, said that there have been a number of expressions of interest for parts of the business.

"Our focus is now to continue to explore all options for the remaining parts of the business," he said.

"However, I am afraid that some redundancies now appear inevitable based on the viability of the company and we will look to support the employees at this difficult time."

The company was formed in Leicester in the 1970s as Wathes before rebranding as WR Refrigeration.

In recent years, the company launched a training academy in Birmingham and launched a products and an electrical department.

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