Shopfitter tells 80 staff they are being made redundant

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EIGHTY joiners and office workers have found out that they will be losing their jobs at a shopfitters.

Hadley Shopfitters, on Hilsea Industrial Estate, Portsmouth, broke the news to the last of its workforce yesterday.

Staff members, including two young apprentices, were called into its head office where they were told.

Around 30 staff members will continue for the next few weeks to finish off any outstanding contracts the company has.

The shopfitters had been trading for more than 90 years and had moved to the Limberline Spur site in 1963.

It had a long-standing contract with John Lewis, had installed the reception desk and merchandising fixtures at the Mary Rose Museum, refitted the Wimbledon All-England Tennis Lawn Club store and had contracts with Harvey Nichols.

Ward councillor Donna Jones said she was ‘deeply saddened’ to hear of the job losses and urged any struggling business in the city to get in touch with the council, which can help with rates through its assisted area status.

Cllr Jones said: ‘I am deeply disappointed to hear of such a long-established Portsmouth business going under. I would urge any staff member affected to get in touch with either myself or the council so we can ensure they are put in touch with the right people and help them through this difficult time.’

Hadley’s managing director and financial director declined to comment when approached by The News yesterday.