Belfast Telegraph

Staff face job losses after Connaught collapse

By Holly Williams

Workers at social housing giant Connaught were warned of job losses after the group collapsed into administration.

But KPMG - appointed as administrators for the main company, its subsidiary Connaught Partnerships and Connaught Technical Solutions - said it hoped to transfer the majority of staff to other providers along with ongoing contracts.

Exeter-headquartered repair and maintenance specialist Connaught employs around 4,400 staff at the social housing arm, which is the largest division placed in administration.

Regional bases affected by the decision include those in Leeds, where Connaught Partnerships is based, Glasgow, Bromsgrove, Crawley and Essex. More than 4,500 staff work at its other subsidiaries that have not been placed in administration.

The administration of its main division has left around 280 contracts for councils and public sector bodies up in the air and caused uncertainty for suppliers and contractors. But KPMG said it was seeking to transfer contracts and was working with councils and housing associations to "minimise disruption to the public".

KPMG added: "The administrators are hopeful that the majority of staff will be transferred to alternative providers.

"However, to the extent that alternative providers do not take on employees then redundancies will need to be made. Decisions regarding redundancies will be announced as soon as possible."