Belfast Telegraph

Around 60 jobs at risk as window firm enters administration

By Margaret Canning

Some 60 jobs could be lost after a Co Down manufacturing company went into administrative receivership.

Receivers from Deloitte said they hoped to sell the assets of Blair Neill after trying for two days to keep the company going.

The family business made reinforced PVC windows and doors at a factory in Ballyharry Business Park in Newtownards.

A spokeswoman for Deloitte said the company had invited its bank to appoint administrative receivers after 'significant pressures on working capital'. She said: "The administrative receivers have assessed the ability of Blair Neill Limited to continue operating over the past two days.

"They have subsequently concluded that such trading was not viable."

Peter Allen and John Reid from Deloitte said they had held discussions with customers, suppliers and employees before deciding the company was unable to keep going.

Mr Allen said: "We would take this opportunity to thank all of these stakeholders and the bank for making every effort to support the business in its current form.

"We will be marketing the assets for sale and hope that a new purchaser will be able to restart a business which has a number of strong core elements."

The business was established in 1996 and had attempted to diversify into new areas, including making children's playhouses.

Blair Neill worked for individual clients and bigger businesses, such as housing authorities in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic.