Newport firm confirms plans to go into administration

South Wales Argus: Greenhill Construction on Stephenson Street in Newport (5437931) Greenhill Construction on Stephenson Street in Newport (5437931)

THE DIRECTOR of Newport firm Green Hill Construction has confirmed they intend to enter administration, after their work force was made redundant last week.

Last Friday, workers were told 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.”

Director, Darran Watts, has told the Argus: “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.”

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.

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

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.

The Welsh Government previously invested £146,650 in the company through the Welsh Government’s Economic Growth Fund, which created 15 new jobs.

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 for the development of 248 houses on the land south of Glan Usk Primary School, off Herbert Road, Newport.

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6:10pm Fri 18 Apr 14

jollyjules says...

Another business gone and more people out of work including a friend of mine who may never find another job,along with all the others,a situation that happens every day.How can you intend to put a compnay into administration and what about all the waste on Herbert Road???????
Another business gone and more people out of work including a friend of mine who may never find another job,along with all the others,a situation that happens every day.How can you intend to put a compnay into administration and what about all the waste on Herbert Road??????? jollyjules
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10:37am Sat 19 Apr 14

Barneybarr says...

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?
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? Barneybarr
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11:10am Sat 19 Apr 14

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"The Welsh Government previously invested £146,650 in the company through the Welsh Government’s Economic Growth Fund, which created 15 new jobs."

Of course there no mention of where the monies gone, hmmmm..............
"The Welsh Government previously invested £146,650 in the company through the Welsh Government’s Economic Growth Fund, which created 15 new jobs." Of course there no mention of where the monies gone, hmmmm.............. displayed
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