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Wyre Forest MP 'incredibly sad' over 24 jobs losses at Lawrence's
WYRE Forest’s MP Mark Garnier has said it is “incredibly sad” that Kidderminster firm Lawrence’s Skip Hire has gone into administration.
Twenty four employees have been made redundant at the Stourport Road-based waste recycling company after two major fires hit the firm in seven months.
The Forge Recycling facility, the company’s base, has also been put up for sale.
Lawrence’s Skip Hire is the trading name of Lawrence Recycling and Waste Management and deals with all waste collections and recycling.
Mark Orton and Will Wright from KPMG were appointed as joint administrators on Wednesday last week.
A statement from KPMG said the company became insolvent after two fires disrupted operations. The first broke out in December last year and the second fire, which began on Sunday, June 16, took Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service seven-and-a-half weeks to put out.
Mr Garnier said: “I’m incredibly sad. They’ve had two consecutive bits of bad luck.
“Obviously I appreciate there is a bit of ill feeling about the fire.There’s clearly going to be questions but there’s no blame on Lawrence’s themselves.
“David Lawrence’s [the firm’s managing director] parents set up this business from nothing. They worked their socks off.
“It’s families like the Lawrence’s who are the back bone of the economy. They create jobs and they take personal risks.”
For the full story, see The Shuttle's print edition tomorrow.
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