Workers face redundancy at Newport building firm

South Wales Argus: Greenhill Construction on Stephenson Street in Newport (5437978) Greenhill Construction on Stephenson Street in Newport (5437978)

WORKERS at a Newport construction firm are facing redundancy after the directors admitted they could not save the business.

Workers have been told that construction firm Green Hill, a privately owned Limited Company based in Esperanto Way Newport, cannot pay their wages and may have to go into administration. The company was set up in 2006 to provide services to registered social landlords across South Wales.

A worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “We got called for a meeting on Friday [April 11] morning and they said the company is going into administration and we had all been made redundant.”

In a letter from Green Hill director, Darran Watts, dated April 11, workers were informed the company was no longer in a position to make payments for their services.

It goes on to say: “I should take steps to place the company into administration.”

The letter advised workers to claim any outstanding payments from the Redundancy Payment Service.

On Monday morning, gates to the Newport office were locked up and shutters were down.

Greg Anthony, 24, who worked as a carpenter at Green Hill, said: “I'm just gutted to be honest and not happy that they didn't even give us notice to say they were in trouble.”

Many of those working for the firm were completing apprenticeships alongside their studies at Coleg Gwent, like 18-year-old Joe Ireland. He said: “We all felt bad that we lost our jobs but the worst thing was that there was no notice what so ever and just their attitude towards it.”

Mr Ireland has since managed to find a new job to enable him to continue his apprenticeship.

A spokesman from UCATT, Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians, said: “We are very concerned and are carrying out our own investigation into the state of affairs.”

Regional Secretary, Nick Blundell, said the company had made no consultation with the union. He said: “Sometimes people who run these companies don’t take their social responsibility seriously.”

Assembly member for Newport East, John Griffiths, said: “It’s very disappointing news. It’s very worrying at a time when construction seems to be picking up a little.

“It’s really important that we have got help available for people. It’s important the agencies pull together and provide the right service and possibly training.”

The Welsh Government previously invested £146,650 in the company through the Welsh Government’s Economic Growth Fund, which created 15 new jobs and brought the total staff to 145 as of January last year.

Previous multi-million pound contracts included 32 units on Turner Street, Newport for the Seren Group which were completed last year and the Melin Homes development on the former Brookfield Primary School site in Cwmbran.

On April 10, the day before workers were made redundant, a planning application from Green Hill was registered with Newport Council for the development of 248 houses on the land south of Glan Usk Primary School, off Herbert Road, Newport.

Director of Green Hill Construction Darran Watts said: “Green Hill Construction Ltd have filed a notice of intention to appoint an administrator - however the appointment has not yet been made.

“Given the aforementioned position and the fact that various discussions are currently ongoing regarding the future of the business it would be inappropriate for us to provide any comment at this stage.”

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8:09am Fri 18 Apr 14

152467 says...

Absolute rubbish. I worked for Green Hill, Darran and the other directors did everything possible to save the company. Everyone was given warning months before the 10th of April to say that we were struggling.
Absolute rubbish. I worked for Green Hill, Darran and the other directors did everything possible to save the company. Everyone was given warning months before the 10th of April to say that we were struggling. 152467
  • Score: 13

8:37am Fri 18 Apr 14

marc42 says...

How can a company with three very large projects on the go at he moment
and working with Wales & West Housing Association and Seren Group suddenly go to the wall.....To many fast cars and big houses i think.
How can a company with three very large projects on the go at he moment and working with Wales & West Housing Association and Seren Group suddenly go to the wall.....To many fast cars and big houses i think. marc42
  • Score: 1

9:01am Fri 18 Apr 14

10101010 says...

Darran Watts has the money to keep the other arms of his business going, like the recently established builders merchants, but not to pay the staff of the construction side. Total rubbish.
Darran Watts has the money to keep the other arms of his business going, like the recently established builders merchants, but not to pay the staff of the construction side. Total rubbish. 10101010
  • Score: -1

9:08am Fri 18 Apr 14

Responsible Person says...

Although I feel deeply sorry for the people losing their jobs, what about the people who have committed to buying the houses? My son and fiancée is one such couple - they have been offered their holding deposit back, but have spent much more on solicitors and mortgage fees. What will happen to the partly-finished developments? How soon will people know if another company will finish the houses?
Although I feel deeply sorry for the people losing their jobs, what about the people who have committed to buying the houses? My son and fiancée is one such couple - they have been offered their holding deposit back, but have spent much more on solicitors and mortgage fees. What will happen to the partly-finished developments? How soon will people know if another company will finish the houses? Responsible Person
  • Score: 3

9:45am Fri 18 Apr 14

hazellboy says...

marc42 wrote:
How can a company with three very large projects on the go at he moment
and working with Wales & West Housing Association and Seren Group suddenly go to the wall.....To many fast cars and big houses i think.
I think is correct, fact is you don't know, I know for a fact everything was done to keep things going and lets not forget Greenhill kept an awful lot of people employed on good wages during the last 6 years and during a slump in the construction industry I might add !
[quote][p][bold]marc42[/bold] wrote: How can a company with three very large projects on the go at he moment and working with Wales & West Housing Association and Seren Group suddenly go to the wall.....To many fast cars and big houses i think.[/p][/quote]I think is correct, fact is you don't know, I know for a fact everything was done to keep things going and lets not forget Greenhill kept an awful lot of people employed on good wages during the last 6 years and during a slump in the construction industry I might add ! hazellboy
  • Score: 4

10:25am Fri 18 Apr 14

1977charlie says...

Would it have been more socially say responsible to allow employees to continue to work through April and then not be paid.... Would they have preferred that? Would it have been more responsible to allow suppliers and sub contractors to continue to provide a service when directors were aware that they could no longer meet the bills????

Notice was given, employees were advised at the start of the year that things were very tough!! People have very short memories, how many companies in construction recruited through the slump? Suppliers, sub contractors and employees all did very nicely out of green hill during the good times - what's happened to people's loyalty, everyone from the top to the bottom is now in the same situation.

No one from the company will loose out, everyone will be able to get paid exactly what they should be via the government scheme.

Articles such as this are of no benefit to anyone, particularly those directly involved in this very unfortunate situation.
Would it have been more socially say responsible to allow employees to continue to work through April and then not be paid.... Would they have preferred that? Would it have been more responsible to allow suppliers and sub contractors to continue to provide a service when directors were aware that they could no longer meet the bills???? Notice was given, employees were advised at the start of the year that things were very tough!! People have very short memories, how many companies in construction recruited through the slump? Suppliers, sub contractors and employees all did very nicely out of green hill during the good times - what's happened to people's loyalty, everyone from the top to the bottom is now in the same situation. No one from the company will loose out, everyone will be able to get paid exactly what they should be via the government scheme. Articles such as this are of no benefit to anyone, particularly those directly involved in this very unfortunate situation. 1977charlie
  • Score: 5

11:00am Fri 18 Apr 14

hazellboy says...

1977charlie wrote:
Would it have been more socially say responsible to allow employees to continue to work through April and then not be paid.... Would they have preferred that? Would it have been more responsible to allow suppliers and sub contractors to continue to provide a service when directors were aware that they could no longer meet the bills????

Notice was given, employees were advised at the start of the year that things were very tough!! People have very short memories, how many companies in construction recruited through the slump? Suppliers, sub contractors and employees all did very nicely out of green hill during the good times - what's happened to people's loyalty, everyone from the top to the bottom is now in the same situation.

No one from the company will loose out, everyone will be able to get paid exactly what they should be via the government scheme.

Articles such as this are of no benefit to anyone, particularly those directly involved in this very unfortunate situation.
spot on Charlie, hope the directors ignore the negative comments and take heart from the support the vast majority of ex employees are showing, keep smiling and chin up !
[quote][p][bold]1977charlie[/bold] wrote: Would it have been more socially say responsible to allow employees to continue to work through April and then not be paid.... Would they have preferred that? Would it have been more responsible to allow suppliers and sub contractors to continue to provide a service when directors were aware that they could no longer meet the bills???? Notice was given, employees were advised at the start of the year that things were very tough!! People have very short memories, how many companies in construction recruited through the slump? Suppliers, sub contractors and employees all did very nicely out of green hill during the good times - what's happened to people's loyalty, everyone from the top to the bottom is now in the same situation. No one from the company will loose out, everyone will be able to get paid exactly what they should be via the government scheme. Articles such as this are of no benefit to anyone, particularly those directly involved in this very unfortunate situation.[/p][/quote]spot on Charlie, hope the directors ignore the negative comments and take heart from the support the vast majority of ex employees are showing, keep smiling and chin up ! hazellboy
  • Score: 5

11:04am Fri 18 Apr 14

marc42 says...

hazellboy wrote:
marc42 wrote:
How can a company with three very large projects on the go at he moment
and working with Wales & West Housing Association and Seren Group suddenly go to the wall.....To many fast cars and big houses i think.
I think is correct, fact is you don't know, I know for a fact everything was done to keep things going and lets not forget Greenhill kept an awful lot of people employed on good wages during the last 6 years and during a slump in the construction industry I might add !
Yes the last six years have been hard going and for any firm to stay afloat is a real bonus.......But things have really picked up in the building section. And with that they have picked up some very good contracts together with firms with guaranteed money......So where has this money gone?
[quote][p][bold]hazellboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]marc42[/bold] wrote: How can a company with three very large projects on the go at he moment and working with Wales & West Housing Association and Seren Group suddenly go to the wall.....To many fast cars and big houses i think.[/p][/quote]I think is correct, fact is you don't know, I know for a fact everything was done to keep things going and lets not forget Greenhill kept an awful lot of people employed on good wages during the last 6 years and during a slump in the construction industry I might add ![/p][/quote]Yes the last six years have been hard going and for any firm to stay afloat is a real bonus.......But things have really picked up in the building section. And with that they have picked up some very good contracts together with firms with guaranteed money......So where has this money gone? marc42
  • Score: 0

4:59pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Limestonecowboy says...

The Directors along with WAG need to be investigated this company received £146k PUBLIC money for a PRIVATELY owned company seems this money was splashed on paying 'good' wages recruiting staff what sought of business case is this? Sure a lot of construction companys would love some public hand outs.
The Directors along with WAG need to be investigated this company received £146k PUBLIC money for a PRIVATELY owned company seems this money was splashed on paying 'good' wages recruiting staff what sought of business case is this? Sure a lot of construction companys would love some public hand outs. Limestonecowboy
  • Score: 2

8:29am Sat 19 Apr 14

Barneybarr says...

hazellboy wrote:
1977charlie wrote:
Would it have been more socially say responsible to allow employees to continue to work through April and then not be paid.... Would they have preferred that? Would it have been more responsible to allow suppliers and sub contractors to continue to provide a service when directors were aware that they could no longer meet the bills????

Notice was given, employees were advised at the start of the year that things were very tough!! People have very short memories, how many companies in construction recruited through the slump? Suppliers, sub contractors and employees all did very nicely out of green hill during the good times - what's happened to people's loyalty, everyone from the top to the bottom is now in the same situation.

No one from the company will loose out, everyone will be able to get paid exactly what they should be via the government scheme.

Articles such as this are of no benefit to anyone, particularly those directly involved in this very unfortunate situation.
spot on Charlie, hope the directors ignore the negative comments and take heart from the support the vast majority of ex employees are showing, keep smiling and chin up !
Think the words are "too many chiefs not enough Indians"
As for comments above about the government paying what people are owed, why should public money pay for a company's incompetence. Especially when it has already had a funding of nearly £150000 already. Thankfully the government will help the employees out as mr watts continues trading under GHM. As for good bad times and good times, what about all the firms that hasn't been paid for months ? It seems this is the bad times for them now. Were these sometimes small subcontractors given plenty of notice of the unfortunate situation? I very much doubt it.
I'd like to think everything in the directors powers was done to save the business, however many questions must be/should be asked how a company that seemed to have so much promise and work in front of them got in this position? I'd
[quote][p][bold]hazellboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1977charlie[/bold] wrote: Would it have been more socially say responsible to allow employees to continue to work through April and then not be paid.... Would they have preferred that? Would it have been more responsible to allow suppliers and sub contractors to continue to provide a service when directors were aware that they could no longer meet the bills???? Notice was given, employees were advised at the start of the year that things were very tough!! People have very short memories, how many companies in construction recruited through the slump? Suppliers, sub contractors and employees all did very nicely out of green hill during the good times - what's happened to people's loyalty, everyone from the top to the bottom is now in the same situation. No one from the company will loose out, everyone will be able to get paid exactly what they should be via the government scheme. Articles such as this are of no benefit to anyone, particularly those directly involved in this very unfortunate situation.[/p][/quote]spot on Charlie, hope the directors ignore the negative comments and take heart from the support the vast majority of ex employees are showing, keep smiling and chin up ![/p][/quote]Think the words are "too many chiefs not enough Indians" As for comments above about the government paying what people are owed, why should public money pay for a company's incompetence. Especially when it has already had a funding of nearly £150000 already. Thankfully the government will help the employees out as mr watts continues trading under GHM. As for good bad times and good times, what about all the firms that hasn't been paid for months ? It seems this is the bad times for them now. Were these sometimes small subcontractors given plenty of notice of the unfortunate situation? I very much doubt it. I'd like to think everything in the directors powers was done to save the business, however many questions must be/should be asked how a company that seemed to have so much promise and work in front of them got in this position? I'd Barneybarr
  • Score: 1

2:04pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Unknown2014 says...

Green hill was a great company to work for back 4years ago as a small company with less site workers and less office staff. There were less problems and houses were getting built. I'm all for expanding companies and creating jobs for people but greed got to Darren watts he had so many ideas that he wanted to try. Making his own timber frames was a big idea but with little profit. That was one problem then he started buying big machines costing thousands and thousands of pounds. Oh and the pods idea what was that all about as if they would actually work, yet again pumping thousands upon thousands into that idea and that was a waste of time, effort and money. Every office staff drove around in posh cars as if they were royalty. The company should of grew a lot slower and should of stuck to simple building! Darren watts had too many thoughts of ruling the construction industry and this is the outcome of the situation all greenhill workers are out of work with no money as of yet. As a company is was great but the lack of building knowledge from the office staff was shocking. There were 3 or 4 workers in the office for 1 job. There was no notice given at all we all as site workers at all. The only reason we knew was that we were on stop with every supplier and every building merchant, there for the company looked to be in financial difficulty. No letters or no meeting were given to say to us as staff that the company is on its knees and start looking for other work. We had a meeting just to say that we all need to work as we work for ourself and put in the extra half hour a day to benefit the jobs taken place. So who ever is saying we had notice then that is a lie. I don't hold any grudges but that is why green hill is where it is today. The GHM still goes on!!
Green hill was a great company to work for back 4years ago as a small company with less site workers and less office staff. There were less problems and houses were getting built. I'm all for expanding companies and creating jobs for people but greed got to Darren watts he had so many ideas that he wanted to try. Making his own timber frames was a big idea but with little profit. That was one problem then he started buying big machines costing thousands and thousands of pounds. Oh and the pods idea what was that all about as if they would actually work, yet again pumping thousands upon thousands into that idea and that was a waste of time, effort and money. Every office staff drove around in posh cars as if they were royalty. The company should of grew a lot slower and should of stuck to simple building! Darren watts had too many thoughts of ruling the construction industry and this is the outcome of the situation all greenhill workers are out of work with no money as of yet. As a company is was great but the lack of building knowledge from the office staff was shocking. There were 3 or 4 workers in the office for 1 job. There was no notice given at all we all as site workers at all. The only reason we knew was that we were on stop with every supplier and every building merchant, there for the company looked to be in financial difficulty. No letters or no meeting were given to say to us as staff that the company is on its knees and start looking for other work. We had a meeting just to say that we all need to work as we work for ourself and put in the extra half hour a day to benefit the jobs taken place. So who ever is saying we had notice then that is a lie. I don't hold any grudges but that is why green hill is where it is today. The GHM still goes on!! Unknown2014
  • Score: 1

2:21pm Sat 19 Apr 14

152467 says...

Unknown2014 wrote:
Green hill was a great company to work for back 4years ago as a small company with less site workers and less office staff. There were less problems and houses were getting built. I'm all for expanding companies and creating jobs for people but greed got to Darren watts he had so many ideas that he wanted to try. Making his own timber frames was a big idea but with little profit. That was one problem then he started buying big machines costing thousands and thousands of pounds. Oh and the pods idea what was that all about as if they would actually work, yet again pumping thousands upon thousands into that idea and that was a waste of time, effort and money. Every office staff drove around in posh cars as if they were royalty. The company should of grew a lot slower and should of stuck to simple building! Darren watts had too many thoughts of ruling the construction industry and this is the outcome of the situation all greenhill workers are out of work with no money as of yet. As a company is was great but the lack of building knowledge from the office staff was shocking. There were 3 or 4 workers in the office for 1 job. There was no notice given at all we all as site workers at all. The only reason we knew was that we were on stop with every supplier and every building merchant, there for the company looked to be in financial difficulty. No letters or no meeting were given to say to us as staff that the company is on its knees and start looking for other work. We had a meeting just to say that we all need to work as we work for ourself and put in the extra half hour a day to benefit the jobs taken place. So who ever is saying we had notice then that is a lie. I don't hold any grudges but that is why green hill is where it is today. The GHM still goes on!!
3/4 workers for one job? EVERY office staff drove around in posh cars? Are you for real?
[quote][p][bold]Unknown2014[/bold] wrote: Green hill was a great company to work for back 4years ago as a small company with less site workers and less office staff. There were less problems and houses were getting built. I'm all for expanding companies and creating jobs for people but greed got to Darren watts he had so many ideas that he wanted to try. Making his own timber frames was a big idea but with little profit. That was one problem then he started buying big machines costing thousands and thousands of pounds. Oh and the pods idea what was that all about as if they would actually work, yet again pumping thousands upon thousands into that idea and that was a waste of time, effort and money. Every office staff drove around in posh cars as if they were royalty. The company should of grew a lot slower and should of stuck to simple building! Darren watts had too many thoughts of ruling the construction industry and this is the outcome of the situation all greenhill workers are out of work with no money as of yet. As a company is was great but the lack of building knowledge from the office staff was shocking. There were 3 or 4 workers in the office for 1 job. There was no notice given at all we all as site workers at all. The only reason we knew was that we were on stop with every supplier and every building merchant, there for the company looked to be in financial difficulty. No letters or no meeting were given to say to us as staff that the company is on its knees and start looking for other work. We had a meeting just to say that we all need to work as we work for ourself and put in the extra half hour a day to benefit the jobs taken place. So who ever is saying we had notice then that is a lie. I don't hold any grudges but that is why green hill is where it is today. The GHM still goes on!![/p][/quote]3/4 workers for one job? EVERY office staff drove around in posh cars? Are you for real? 152467
  • Score: 5

4:02pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Unknown2014 says...

152467 wrote:
Unknown2014 wrote:
Green hill was a great company to work for back 4years ago as a small company with less site workers and less office staff. There were less problems and houses were getting built. I'm all for expanding companies and creating jobs for people but greed got to Darren watts he had so many ideas that he wanted to try. Making his own timber frames was a big idea but with little profit. That was one problem then he started buying big machines costing thousands and thousands of pounds. Oh and the pods idea what was that all about as if they would actually work, yet again pumping thousands upon thousands into that idea and that was a waste of time, effort and money. Every office staff drove around in posh cars as if they were royalty. The company should of grew a lot slower and should of stuck to simple building! Darren watts had too many thoughts of ruling the construction industry and this is the outcome of the situation all greenhill workers are out of work with no money as of yet. As a company is was great but the lack of building knowledge from the office staff was shocking. There were 3 or 4 workers in the office for 1 job. There was no notice given at all we all as site workers at all. The only reason we knew was that we were on stop with every supplier and every building merchant, there for the company looked to be in financial difficulty. No letters or no meeting were given to say to us as staff that the company is on its knees and start looking for other work. We had a meeting just to say that we all need to work as we work for ourself and put in the extra half hour a day to benefit the jobs taken place. So who ever is saying we had notice then that is a lie. I don't hold any grudges but that is why green hill is where it is today. The GHM still goes on!!
3/4 workers for one job? EVERY office staff drove around in posh cars? Are you for real?
Hit a nerve there I think and yes 3/4 to one job. Went down the yard and it was like an Audi garage, anyway that's my opinion as a site worker and I speak on behalf of most workers.
[quote][p][bold]152467[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Unknown2014[/bold] wrote: Green hill was a great company to work for back 4years ago as a small company with less site workers and less office staff. There were less problems and houses were getting built. I'm all for expanding companies and creating jobs for people but greed got to Darren watts he had so many ideas that he wanted to try. Making his own timber frames was a big idea but with little profit. That was one problem then he started buying big machines costing thousands and thousands of pounds. Oh and the pods idea what was that all about as if they would actually work, yet again pumping thousands upon thousands into that idea and that was a waste of time, effort and money. Every office staff drove around in posh cars as if they were royalty. The company should of grew a lot slower and should of stuck to simple building! Darren watts had too many thoughts of ruling the construction industry and this is the outcome of the situation all greenhill workers are out of work with no money as of yet. As a company is was great but the lack of building knowledge from the office staff was shocking. There were 3 or 4 workers in the office for 1 job. There was no notice given at all we all as site workers at all. The only reason we knew was that we were on stop with every supplier and every building merchant, there for the company looked to be in financial difficulty. No letters or no meeting were given to say to us as staff that the company is on its knees and start looking for other work. We had a meeting just to say that we all need to work as we work for ourself and put in the extra half hour a day to benefit the jobs taken place. So who ever is saying we had notice then that is a lie. I don't hold any grudges but that is why green hill is where it is today. The GHM still goes on!![/p][/quote]3/4 workers for one job? EVERY office staff drove around in posh cars? Are you for real?[/p][/quote]Hit a nerve there I think and yes 3/4 to one job. Went down the yard and it was like an Audi garage, anyway that's my opinion as a site worker and I speak on behalf of most workers. Unknown2014
  • Score: 1

6:40pm Sun 20 Apr 14

1977charlie says...

Unknown2014 wrote:
152467 wrote:
Unknown2014 wrote:
Green hill was a great company to work for back 4years ago as a small company with less site workers and less office staff. There were less problems and houses were getting built. I'm all for expanding companies and creating jobs for people but greed got to Darren watts he had so many ideas that he wanted to try. Making his own timber frames was a big idea but with little profit. That was one problem then he started buying big machines costing thousands and thousands of pounds. Oh and the pods idea what was that all about as if they would actually work, yet again pumping thousands upon thousands into that idea and that was a waste of time, effort and money. Every office staff drove around in posh cars as if they were royalty. The company should of grew a lot slower and should of stuck to simple building! Darren watts had too many thoughts of ruling the construction industry and this is the outcome of the situation all greenhill workers are out of work with no money as of yet. As a company is was great but the lack of building knowledge from the office staff was shocking. There were 3 or 4 workers in the office for 1 job. There was no notice given at all we all as site workers at all. The only reason we knew was that we were on stop with every supplier and every building merchant, there for the company looked to be in financial difficulty. No letters or no meeting were given to say to us as staff that the company is on its knees and start looking for other work. We had a meeting just to say that we all need to work as we work for ourself and put in the extra half hour a day to benefit the jobs taken place. So who ever is saying we had notice then that is a lie. I don't hold any grudges but that is why green hill is where it is today. The GHM still goes on!!
3/4 workers for one job? EVERY office staff drove around in posh cars? Are you for real?
Hit a nerve there I think and yes 3/4 to one job. Went down the yard and it was like an Audi garage, anyway that's my opinion as a site worker and I speak on behalf of most workers.
3 audi's, yes, only 1 being a company car!!! Think someone needs to get their facts right!!!
[quote][p][bold]Unknown2014[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]152467[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Unknown2014[/bold] wrote: Green hill was a great company to work for back 4years ago as a small company with less site workers and less office staff. There were less problems and houses were getting built. I'm all for expanding companies and creating jobs for people but greed got to Darren watts he had so many ideas that he wanted to try. Making his own timber frames was a big idea but with little profit. That was one problem then he started buying big machines costing thousands and thousands of pounds. Oh and the pods idea what was that all about as if they would actually work, yet again pumping thousands upon thousands into that idea and that was a waste of time, effort and money. Every office staff drove around in posh cars as if they were royalty. The company should of grew a lot slower and should of stuck to simple building! Darren watts had too many thoughts of ruling the construction industry and this is the outcome of the situation all greenhill workers are out of work with no money as of yet. As a company is was great but the lack of building knowledge from the office staff was shocking. There were 3 or 4 workers in the office for 1 job. There was no notice given at all we all as site workers at all. The only reason we knew was that we were on stop with every supplier and every building merchant, there for the company looked to be in financial difficulty. No letters or no meeting were given to say to us as staff that the company is on its knees and start looking for other work. We had a meeting just to say that we all need to work as we work for ourself and put in the extra half hour a day to benefit the jobs taken place. So who ever is saying we had notice then that is a lie. I don't hold any grudges but that is why green hill is where it is today. The GHM still goes on!![/p][/quote]3/4 workers for one job? EVERY office staff drove around in posh cars? Are you for real?[/p][/quote]Hit a nerve there I think and yes 3/4 to one job. Went down the yard and it was like an Audi garage, anyway that's my opinion as a site worker and I speak on behalf of most workers.[/p][/quote]3 audi's, yes, only 1 being a company car!!! Think someone needs to get their facts right!!! 1977charlie
  • Score: 2

11:20pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Floppy backed says...

Limestonecowboy wrote:
The Directors along with WAG need to be investigated this company received £146k PUBLIC money for a PRIVATELY owned company seems this money was splashed on paying 'good' wages recruiting staff what sought of business case is this? Sure a lot of construction companys would love some public hand outs.
Exactly! I too am in the construction industry and its tough - you need to keep an eye on the ball and watch your spending and by the sounds of it he got a bit to flash with the cash, too many fingers in too many pies instead of concentrating on the one and sub-contracting all the other.

Its easy to become complacent by someone was not keeping tabs on what was coming in and what was going out (no excuses directors!). Its all very well to have a light hearted shrug your shoulders on this kind of story but wonder who else they will take down with their unpaid debts? We have been on the edge owed debts and its blinkin terrifying and makes me sick to see who has to carry these debts while the Directors can walk away with their nice car and probably comfortable home and able to set up again under a different name.

I would be interested to see the wage bill for a company like this - probably complete madness. And what mad person sets up a builders merchants in this climate?

As for working for social housing again not necessarily profitable either to win tenders you have to go in silly low and many contractors out there are underpricing to win the work which is complete madness even if it means its a lose! Bad move.

No one should be buying big machines - these should be sub-contracted the HP on machines like this is unsustainable.

Sounds like too many ideas above their station. Every construction company is keeping a low profile, keeping tabs on spending and forecasting low profits.
[quote][p][bold]Limestonecowboy[/bold] wrote: The Directors along with WAG need to be investigated this company received £146k PUBLIC money for a PRIVATELY owned company seems this money was splashed on paying 'good' wages recruiting staff what sought of business case is this? Sure a lot of construction companys would love some public hand outs.[/p][/quote]Exactly! I too am in the construction industry and its tough - you need to keep an eye on the ball and watch your spending and by the sounds of it he got a bit to flash with the cash, too many fingers in too many pies instead of concentrating on the one and sub-contracting all the other. Its easy to become complacent by someone was not keeping tabs on what was coming in and what was going out (no excuses directors!). Its all very well to have a light hearted shrug your shoulders on this kind of story but wonder who else they will take down with their unpaid debts? We have been on the edge owed debts and its blinkin terrifying and makes me sick to see who has to carry these debts while the Directors can walk away with their nice car and probably comfortable home and able to set up again under a different name. I would be interested to see the wage bill for a company like this - probably complete madness. And what mad person sets up a builders merchants in this climate? As for working for social housing again not necessarily profitable either to win tenders you have to go in silly low and many contractors out there are underpricing to win the work which is complete madness even if it means its a lose! Bad move. No one should be buying big machines - these should be sub-contracted the HP on machines like this is unsustainable. Sounds like too many ideas above their station. Every construction company is keeping a low profile, keeping tabs on spending and forecasting low profits. Floppy backed
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