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Nearly 250 Derby construction jobs at risk

Nearly 250 jobs could be at risk at a Derby construction firm as it considers closure.

S Robinson and Sons (Engineers) Ltd, on Ascot Drive, has announced it is to undertake a review of the business.

The family-run company said a downturn in the industry and the impending retirement of its managing director had prompted the move.

A company spokesperson said it had entered into a 90-day consultation period with staff.

In a statement, the firm said: "The last two years have been extremely tough for the construction industry whilst also experiencing unprecedented challenging market conditions.

"There has been a steady downturn in demand for steel structures and the government has announced recent spending cuts.

"In particular across the Building Schools for the Future programme, which has resulted in the cancellation of numerous high-worth contracts."

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