Oldham Council is on hand to assist any workers who may lose their jobs after retail firm Betta Living went into administration.
It is believed the administrators contacted staff on Friday, November 11 about the future of the company, which is based in Werneth and sells kitchens, bedroom and wardrobes.
Councillor Jean Stretton, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “This is terrible news for the workers and their families, especially as it is only weeks before Christmas.
“The news that a major employer has gone into administration is also a blow to the borough. It is hoped that the administrator can still help secure the business’s future.
“We have contacted JobCentre Plus to agree an approach. The administrator will contact staff with information about how to claim redundancy and benefits online.
“We’ll work with the JCP team and other partners to see what can be done to minimise the impact if the business cannot continue.
“I would ask if there are any businesses in Oldham with vacancies that might be suitable to contact the Get Oldham Working team who can work with the JobCentre and the affected residents to support them.
“We are hopeful we will be able to find the affected workers new jobs, but we’ll also offer support from the Get Oldham Working team.”
A Statement on Betta Living’s website explains: “Dean House Limited t/a Betta Living In Administration.
“Anthony Collier and Ben Woolrych, partners of FRP Advisory LLP, were appointed Joint Administrators of Dean House Limited, trading as Betta Living, (“Betta Living” or “the Company”) on 8 November 2016.
“The Joint Administrators are reviewing the financial position of the Company, whilst marketing the business and assets for sale.
“At present the business has ceased to trade and orders are not currently being despatched. The Joint Administrators are reviewing the order book and will be contacting customers this week.
“If any customer has a query we would ask them to consult the frequently asked questions or contact FRP at firstname.lastname@example.org”
The frequently asked questions section adds: “The Joint Administrators are ascertaining whether it will be possible to deliver any orders. All customers will be contacted as soon as possible regarding their order.
“Please note that your order may be fulfilled either by the Joint Administrators or a purchaser of the business.
“In the event that your order cannot be fulfilled: Debit card and credit card depositors should contact their card issuer to initiate a charge-back.
“The Joint Administrators are assessing the position regarding cash deposits and an update will be given as soon as possible.”
The GOW Team can be contacted on 0161 770 4674 or at email@example.com or call into the team’s offices at Metropolitan House, Hobson Street, Oldham, OL1 1TT – across the road from the Job Centre – weekdays between 9am and 4pm.