The UK government is taking action to save the jobs of 350 people in Derbyshire after Courtaulds Brands went into administration on Wednesday.
Derbyshire MP Pauline Latham told the Derby Telegraph she was pleased the government had acted swiftly to try to save the jobs after raising the company’s closure in the House of Commons yesterday.
Courtaulds, which made tights for Pretty Polly and branded and private label clothing for retailers in the UK and internationally, ceased production on Wednesday.
The main reason for the demise of the company is attributed to the impact of the administration of BHS, a major customer, and the declining volume of sales and profitability over the recent period.
Latham said she had been contacted by businesses interested in buying Courtaulds and would pass their details on to Business Secretary Sajid Javid.
She told the newspaper: “The Government are going to try to work with both sides [administrators and potential buyers] to try get this to happen, it might help. I have had about three or four people contact me and I am going to send all of their details on to him.
“I also spoke to the Employment Minister Priti Patel and she has also come back to me. I’m pleased Government are reacting very quickly to this. I’m hopeful something can be done to help the people of Belper.”
Advisors from Job Centre Plus were at Courtaulds’ Belper site yesterday, providing support for the staff, and will be there again today.