Haldanes administrators appointed

ADMINISTRATORS appointed to deal with the aftermath of the closure of Belper’s Haldanes store have said their priority is to help staff who lost their jobs.

Forty workers were made redundant when the King Street supermarket closed two weeks ago. Many had been at the store, a former Somerfield, for years.

Brendan Guilfoyle and Chris White, of The P&A Partnership, who were appointed joint administrators of Haldanes Stores Limited and Ruston Retail Limited, have set up online support for staff made redundant. Twenty-three out of 26 stores in Scotland and England were closed and 600 employees made redundant prior to the appointment of the administrators.

Mr Guilfoyle said: “Our priority is to provide support for former employees. This new website will give them guidance and advice on entitlements, including how to make claims to the Redundancy Payments Office.”

P&A’s website to help staff is www.insolvency4employees.co.uk, Three stores in Tattershall, Wigton and Crieff remain open and are trading.

Haldane Retail Group Limited, UGO Stores Limited, Haldanes Express Limited and Bakery Products Limited are unaffected by the administration and are trading as usual.