Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland tile firm closes after 41 years as administrator appointed

By John Mulgrew

A Belfast tile firm has shut up shop after more than four decades in business.

Robinson Butler, which had been trading as Tile Solutions, has now shut its large south Belfast store after entering administration.

The company had been in operation since 1976 and in 1998 it introduced the retail tile side of the business under the name of Tile Solutions, based in at the Boucher Road.

It's not clear how many jobs will be affected by the company's closure.

It's understood the firm has now ceased trading and Keenan CF has been appointed as administrator for the business, Robinson Butler Distributors Ltd.

It's believed the doors were shut at the business late last week.

Earlier this year, the firm's Boucher Road showroom and office was placed on the market for £550,000.

The warehouse development at the Boucher Road is based over 17,650 sq ft and includes on-site parking.

A voicemail message at the number for Tile Solutions in Belfast confirmed that the store has ceased trading and is now in the hands of administrators.

The Tile Solutions website said that the business serviced the "residential and commercial markets supplying products from the top UK and European tile manufacturers, we pride ourselves on creating and designing some of the most modern layouts and uses of tile for bathrooms, kitchens and in recent years living rooms anywhere in Ireland".

According to basic accounts for the firm ending December 2015, the level of creditor payments falling due within one year was £1.58m.

The accounts also said that Robinson Butler Distributors Ltd had around £51,000 between 'cash at bank and in hand'.

A meeting of the company's creditors is now due to take place at Keenan CF's Belfast office on October 9.

The closure of the Boucher Road store follows the decision of family furniture firm Rankin's to shut its Great Victoria Street shop in December after more than 150 years in business.

Owner Robert Rankin is retiring after working in the firm for around 50 years.

Meanwhile, just last week it was revealed that a US technology firm is cutting jobs and could shut down one of its engineering offices in Belfast with the loss of dozens of jobs.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has had a 3PAR engineering office in Belfast for the last five years.

It first set up shop in 2012 as a new 'global centre of software engineering excellence'.

However, it is now understood that the company is preparing to shut down its 3PAR team in Belfast.

And earlier this month, the Belfast Telegraph revealed a childcare business is due to close its doors with the loss of almost 50 jobs.

Keys Group, which is based in south Belfast, is a Northern Ireland company which provides services for childcare.

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