Staff ‘were sent early morning text message’ before losing jobs
A member of staff at a company that closed down suddenly says she and other workers were given no notice before losing their jobs. High-Tech Windows suddenly stopped trading at its site at Staverton, near Cheltenham, on October 24.
Customers have claimed that they lost thousands of pounds as a result and now a worker who lost her job has spoken about her anger and disappointment about what happened. The woman, who asked not to be named, worked for the company for many years before it went into liquidation.
She said that she and the other 19 employees, some of whom had worked there for more than 30 years, were given no warning that the closure was about to happen. She said that on the day they were told they were all losing their jobs, they were sent a text message at 6.09am, asking them to come into work early.
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The woman said she didn’t think much of it because there had been no warning of what was to come. Then, when the devastating news was revealed, it was a huge shock for the workers.
She said: “We were a really close group of people. There were a lot of committed and dedicated people who worked for the company.”
She said the company, which had operated across the Cheltenham, Gloucester, Cirencester and Stroud region for more than 30 years, had a great reputation and its sudden demise had been “incredibly disappointing”.
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She added: “Everybody is disappointed – for ourselves, the company and our customers. We had very loyal customers. We did care but there was nothing we could do about it.”
The woman said workers had been left in the dark for weeks about when they would get their redundancy money, having only recently been given details of the liquidators. She added: “I’m annoyed, angry and upset over how many people have been treated.”
High-Tech Windows has not responded to our approaches for comment but it has now broken its silence, by posting a statement on its website.
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It said: “High Tech was severely impacted by COVID, massive price rises and a general downturn in business.” The statement claimed the full extent of its problems had not been made clear when the owner acquired the business in December 2019 and that, combined with global events, had made it impossible to save what it claimed had been a failing business.
The statement added: “In order to achieve the best outcome for customers, staff and creditors, the tough decision was made to cease trading 24/10/22. Everything possible has been done to mitigate the impact on customers, creditors and staff during this extremely difficult time.”
Advice was also given about what customers and creditors should do.
Read More: Staff ‘were sent early morning text message’ before losing jobs