Thirty jobs lost as Fareham defence firm Dytecna goes into administration

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THIRTY workers have been laid off after a company went out of business.

Employees based at Dytecna in Fareham are now out of work after the company went into administration.

FRP Advisory has been appointed administrator of the firm, which manufactured and designed equipment for the defence sector.

Philip Watkins, joint administrator at FRP Advisory, said ‘no ‘viable solution had been found to save the company – whose headquarters were based in Malvern, Worcestershire.

‘It goes without saying that it is deeply regrettable that a business with such a long history has had to cease trading and close its doors,’ he said.

‘Despite a number of parties expressing an interest in the business, no viable solution could be found to enable the business to continue trading.

‘Our immediate focus will be to assist staff who have lost their jobs and provide them with the necessary support to submit timely claims to the Redundancy Payments Service.’

It comes as figures show the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance benefit across the Portsmouth area has risen.

Statistics published by the Office for National Statistics reveal 2,737 residents in Portsmouth are now claiming JSA, compared with 2,661 in December. In Fareham, the number has risen by 38 from 488 to 526 and in Gosport there are 767 people claiming the benefit, compared with 734 before.

Havant has seen a rise from 1,274 to 1,351, and Chichester’s figures have gone from 709 to 732.

But Maria Middleton, senior partnership manager for Jobcentre Plus, said the figures were a vast improvement on last year’s and much is being done to support people back into work.

‘Last year’s figures show the claimant count in Portsmouth was 3,940,’ she said. ‘So that is a massive drop.

‘The Portsmouth area is moving in the right direction. It’s not just about figures for us. It’s about helping people and changing their lives around.’