Construction and Infrastructure
No official confirmation yet on fate of construction and building services firm
There has been no official confirmation yet of what has happened to one of Gloucestershire’s premier buildings services firm, but the worst is feared.
Some staff have posted on social media they have been made redundant and are looking for new positions, but no documents have yet been filed with the likes of Companies House to confirm the firm’s status officially.
The Raikes Journal was told that 44 staff at Staverton-based Ilec-Imec - a design and build building services engineering company expecting a turnover of more than £20 million this year - were told not to report for work on Monday (July 6). It has been unable to reach anyone at the firm for comment on the record.
Posting on social media one staff member said: “So after three years with ILEC they have now gone into administration/liquidation and I am due to be made redundant.
“I will be updating my CV and getting myself back out there. Any of my contacts that can help please get in touch.”
Another said: “Well, guess I can't complain - 30 years since I was last made redundant. But it still hurts.
“To all my friends and ex-colleagues at Ilec, it was a pleasure working with you all and I wish you all the best.”
Paul Roberts, electrical project manager at Ilec-Imec Building Services, was already being invited to send his CV to one person after posting on LinkedIn: “Hi everyone - I am looking for a new role and would appreciate your support. Thank you in advance for any connections, advice, or opportunities you can offer.”
In reply to one of Mr Roberts's posts Ian Garland, commercial director at Ilec-Imec, said: "Hi Paul, Situation not brought on by this client but by others not paying and spurious claims to hold money, industry is messed up, good luck fella appreciate all your hard work, hopefully B&K will keep you on to finish it."
To which Mr Roberst replies: "Thanks Ian, the construction industry is a brutal place at times. I am sure someone will have a space for an old bugger like myself! Lol, good luck in the future."
The Raikes Journal has tried to contact company founder Ian Appel. When it phoned the Staverton offices once more this morning the phone number advertised on the firm's website was said to be 'incorrect'.
Imec Solutions and Ilec Ltd are both registered at Companies House with their registered offices given as Apson House, 21 Bamfurlong Industrial Park, Staverton, Cheltenham.
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