Humberside

Jobs saved as boss buys Barton-upon-Humber lens firm

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Image caption Administrators said employees now faced "a stable future after this period of uncertainty"

A founding director of an optical lens manufacturer which went into administration is to buy the firm, saving 21 jobs.

Humberside Optical Services, based at Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincolnshire, has been supplying opticians with lenses and frames since 1987.

Nineteen of the company's 40 staff were made redundant last month.

The firm has been sold to Ann Whelpton for an undisclosed sum and will trade under the new name of Ardent Optical.

Administrators from Begbies Traynor said the company had struggled as consumers were spending less money on eye wear during the economic downturn.

They said: "Humberside Optical was a fundamentally sound business that suffered as a direct result of the downturn in consumer spending, and Ann Whelpton knows the potential that the company holds.

"We worked hard to find a buyer who would not only deliver the best deal for creditors, but also recognised the outstanding expertise the workforce holds, and this deal gives the employees a stable future after this period of uncertainty."

Begbies Traynor said the business had continued to operate while in administration, all orders were fulfilled and deadlines for delivery met.

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