Hopes are dashed of saving any jobs at Keighley firm

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Andrew Parker Andrew Parker

Any hopes of saving jobs at a festive decorations firm in Keighley which fell into administration shortly before Christmas look to have been dashed.

A total of 187 jobs were lost when Fuzzwire shut down.

And a union boss yesterday described the firm as “the Marie Celeste of the factory world”.

Steve Davison, president of the TUC in the Keighley area, said it was as if Fuzzwire had “never existed”.

Fuzzwire made Christmas decorations for shopping malls. Bristol-based administrators FRP Advisory announced that Austrian-owned MK Illuminations had bought the doomed firm’s contracts, bringing hopes that jobs might be created.

But Mr Davison, president of the TUC locally, said: “There has not been a squeak about what is happening.

“We offered help to those who lost their jobs but no-one has approached us. I am still trying to work out what to do for the best.

“It is a mystery. No-one seems to know anything. It is as if it is a virtual workplace. The premises are still locked up and deserted. It’s like the Marie Celeste of the factory world. As though it never existed.”

Visiting the premises shortly before Christmas, FRP’s Andrew Sheridan said dealing with redundancy claims was the “immediate focus”. But he warned it could take up to eight weeks before anyone received any entitlements. He said yesterday that there was “nothing new to report”.

Meanwhile, single dad Andrew Parker, of Keighley, who lost his job at the firm, has branded the town’s MP’s pledge of support for the workers who lost their jobs as “political bravado”.

As the news of the situation spread, Keighley Conservative MP Kris Hopkins said he would contact relevant Government departments as a matter or urgency to see what could be done to help those made redundant.

But this week Mr Parker said: “The MP said he would do all he could to help us, but I have not seen any sign of action. It looks like this was just political bravado.”

Mr Parker told the T&A just before Christmas that there would be “no presents under the tree” for him and his son.

He said: “My name was in the paper, the MP could have got in touch with me but he hasn’t. And there are many more people than me having problems.”

Mr Parker has not received money from any source since December 6, when Fuzzwire staff were told their jobs were going. “Without family and friends I would hardly have eaten,” he said. “My son and I had quite a good Christmas despite all the problems, but you can’t go on relying on other people.”

The 50-year-old now walks everywhere in search of work. “I have applied for jobs from toilet-cleaning to management,” he said. “I have to walk as I have no money for transport.”

Having only just received his P45, he has an appointment about benefits this Tuesday. “I have no money in my pocket, but something will crop up,” he said.

In the immediate aftermath of the closure, Mr Hopkins said: “People losing their jobs at any time is bad news. But for this to happen at Christmas is terrible.”

He was not available yesterday to comment on Mr Parker’s remarks.

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8:45am Sat 4 Jan 14

Johsay says...

Just proves what an utter tool Hopkins is, I'd be delighted if he was voted out in 2015.
Just proves what an utter tool Hopkins is, I'd be delighted if he was voted out in 2015. Johsay
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11:34am Sat 4 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

The 50-year-old now walks everywhere in search of work. “I have applied for jobs from toilet-cleaning to management,” he said. “I have to walk as I have no money for transport.”


I thought he would get help with such costs from the Jobcentre ?
[quote]The 50-year-old now walks everywhere in search of work. “I have applied for jobs from toilet-cleaning to management,” he said. “I have to walk as I have no money for transport.”[/quote] I thought he would get help with such costs from the Jobcentre ? The Hoffster
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3:41pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Meerkat33 says...

The Hoffster wrote:
The 50-year-old now walks everywhere in search of work. “I have applied for jobs from toilet-cleaning to management,” he said. “I have to walk as I have no money for transport.”


I thought he would get help with such costs from the Jobcentre ?
He hasn't been to the job centre by the sounds of it, he seems intent on getting his P45 before getting an appointment there, why he hasn't been already is beyond me. In previous stories he seems intent on getting his P45. If he had been to the job centre or applied on line he would known he doesn't need his P45 straight away to put in a claim.

I know because we were in the same situation last year when my partner lost his job, he was finished on the Saturday, went to the job centre Monday to find out about things as he'd never been out of work, had an appointment with a job centre advisor on the Wednesday and signed on the same day, his claim was backdated to the day after he was finished, 3 weeks later he had another job.

I feel sorry for this guy but I really do think he could have done more to help himself than going to the paper and expecting the local MP to contact him.
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote]The 50-year-old now walks everywhere in search of work. “I have applied for jobs from toilet-cleaning to management,” he said. “I have to walk as I have no money for transport.”[/quote] I thought he would get help with such costs from the Jobcentre ?[/p][/quote]He hasn't been to the job centre by the sounds of it, he seems intent on getting his P45 before getting an appointment there, why he hasn't been already is beyond me. In previous stories he seems intent on getting his P45. If he had been to the job centre or applied on line he would known he doesn't need his P45 straight away to put in a claim. I know because we were in the same situation last year when my partner lost his job, he was finished on the Saturday, went to the job centre Monday to find out about things as he'd never been out of work, had an appointment with a job centre advisor on the Wednesday and signed on the same day, his claim was backdated to the day after he was finished, 3 weeks later he had another job. I feel sorry for this guy but I really do think he could have done more to help himself than going to the paper and expecting the local MP to contact him. Meerkat33
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3:43pm Sat 4 Jan 14

The Hoffster says...

Meerkat33 wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
The 50-year-old now walks everywhere in search of work. “I have applied for jobs from toilet-cleaning to management,” he said. “I have to walk as I have no money for transport.”


I thought he would get help with such costs from the Jobcentre ?
He hasn't been to the job centre by the sounds of it, he seems intent on getting his P45 before getting an appointment there, why he hasn't been already is beyond me. In previous stories he seems intent on getting his P45. If he had been to the job centre or applied on line he would known he doesn't need his P45 straight away to put in a claim.

I know because we were in the same situation last year when my partner lost his job, he was finished on the Saturday, went to the job centre Monday to find out about things as he'd never been out of work, had an appointment with a job centre advisor on the Wednesday and signed on the same day, his claim was backdated to the day after he was finished, 3 weeks later he had another job.

I feel sorry for this guy but I really do think he could have done more to help himself than going to the paper and expecting the local MP to contact him.
Thanks for the info, Meerkat :)
[quote][p][bold]Meerkat33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote]The 50-year-old now walks everywhere in search of work. “I have applied for jobs from toilet-cleaning to management,” he said. “I have to walk as I have no money for transport.”[/quote] I thought he would get help with such costs from the Jobcentre ?[/p][/quote]He hasn't been to the job centre by the sounds of it, he seems intent on getting his P45 before getting an appointment there, why he hasn't been already is beyond me. In previous stories he seems intent on getting his P45. If he had been to the job centre or applied on line he would known he doesn't need his P45 straight away to put in a claim. I know because we were in the same situation last year when my partner lost his job, he was finished on the Saturday, went to the job centre Monday to find out about things as he'd never been out of work, had an appointment with a job centre advisor on the Wednesday and signed on the same day, his claim was backdated to the day after he was finished, 3 weeks later he had another job. I feel sorry for this guy but I really do think he could have done more to help himself than going to the paper and expecting the local MP to contact him.[/p][/quote]Thanks for the info, Meerkat :) The Hoffster
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7:19pm Sat 4 Jan 14

allinittogether says...

Meerkat33 wrote:
The Hoffster wrote:
The 50-year-old now walks everywhere in search of work. “I have applied for jobs from toilet-cleaning to management,” he said. “I have to walk as I have no money for transport.”


I thought he would get help with such costs from the Jobcentre ?
He hasn't been to the job centre by the sounds of it, he seems intent on getting his P45 before getting an appointment there, why he hasn't been already is beyond me. In previous stories he seems intent on getting his P45. If he had been to the job centre or applied on line he would known he doesn't need his P45 straight away to put in a claim.

I know because we were in the same situation last year when my partner lost his job, he was finished on the Saturday, went to the job centre Monday to find out about things as he'd never been out of work, had an appointment with a job centre advisor on the Wednesday and signed on the same day, his claim was backdated to the day after he was finished, 3 weeks later he had another job.

I feel sorry for this guy but I really do think he could have done more to help himself than going to the paper and expecting the local MP to contact him.
So your partner was in a similar position to Mr Parker but rather than sympathise with him you criticise?
Maybe Mr Parker didn't know/understand the system, maybe he was advised by the administrators that he would be paid so thought was technically still employed, there are all manner of reasons (including Xmas) that prevented him attending the jobcentre.
Good grief have some understanding and compassion!
[quote][p][bold]Meerkat33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote]The 50-year-old now walks everywhere in search of work. “I have applied for jobs from toilet-cleaning to management,” he said. “I have to walk as I have no money for transport.”[/quote] I thought he would get help with such costs from the Jobcentre ?[/p][/quote]He hasn't been to the job centre by the sounds of it, he seems intent on getting his P45 before getting an appointment there, why he hasn't been already is beyond me. In previous stories he seems intent on getting his P45. If he had been to the job centre or applied on line he would known he doesn't need his P45 straight away to put in a claim. I know because we were in the same situation last year when my partner lost his job, he was finished on the Saturday, went to the job centre Monday to find out about things as he'd never been out of work, had an appointment with a job centre advisor on the Wednesday and signed on the same day, his claim was backdated to the day after he was finished, 3 weeks later he had another job. I feel sorry for this guy but I really do think he could have done more to help himself than going to the paper and expecting the local MP to contact him.[/p][/quote]So your partner was in a similar position to Mr Parker but rather than sympathise with him you criticise? Maybe Mr Parker didn't know/understand the system, maybe he was advised by the administrators that he would be paid so thought was technically still employed, there are all manner of reasons (including Xmas) that prevented him attending the jobcentre. Good grief have some understanding and compassion! allinittogether
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