South East Wales

Jobs lost as Newport building firm S Dudley & Sons closes

Tesco building
Image caption The company has been involved in constructing large-scale buildings for companies like Tesco

A construction company that has operated in Newport for nearly 100 years has gone into administration with the loss of up to 43 jobs.

S Dudley & Sons, which has built many supermarkets, said they had suffered a "sustained period of difficult trading" and previously warned of jobs at risk.

A stand-alone company, Dudley's Aluminium Ltd in Cardiff, is unaffected by the closure.

A spokesman for the administrators said all but 11 staff had already gone.

S Dudley & Sons had worked for a number of years for large-scale retail firms such as Tesco, Sainsbury's and Waitrose.

Administrator Peter Dewey of Begbies Traynor said: "S Dudley & Sons Ltd is yet another victim of the continuing difficulties in the construction sector."

The company was established in 1920 and operated out of the Tydu Works in Rogerstone.

In a statement, S Dudley & Sons said there would be job losses among its 43 workers but the exact number was yet to be determined.

Managing director Mike Dudley said: "The construction sector has been depressed for some time, and pressure on margins has been intense. This had led to S Dudley & Sons becoming unsustainable."

"It has been an incredibly difficult period for us, and we are doing all that we can to help the staff who have unfortunately lost their jobs as a result of the closure of S Dudley & Sons."

He added that Dudley's Aluminium, which opened in 1993 and employs 42 people, had traded "very successfully" in recent years, and was predicted to show "significant growth" in the future.

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