North East Wales

Staff relief as Montgomery Tomlinson curtain firm saved

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Media captionThe deal saves 200 jobs at Montgomery Tomlinson in Flintshire

Staff say it is "fantastic" news a venture capital company has taken over a Flintshire-based curtains business, saving 200 jobs.

Montgomery Tomlinson at Bretton, near Broughton, collapsed after earlier attempts to find a buyer failed.

One hundred and forty six staff had redundancy notices in August along with 384 workers in department stores.

A management team will have a 20% stake in the firm. Office staff returned to work for free to help secure the deal.

Manchester-based investor Amin Amiri from a2e Venture Catalysts agreed the sale which will initially see about 200 staff return to work late on Wednesday.

The figure includes 10 office staff at Bretton and about 30 in the factory.

Workers who were employed at the department stores will also be invited to return to work taking the total to about 200.

'Phones switched on'

Design director Jo McKewan said it was hoped more workers could return in the future.

"All the staff we've contacted so far have been 100% positive", she said.

"The phones have been switched back on today and they are so pleased we're back."

Office worker Sue Shaw, who has been with the firm for 19 years, said it was "fantastic" news and a great relief.

She was one of five office staff who worked for nothing this week, supporting the management team, when it looked like a deal could be done.

"We all had down days but we helped each other," she said.

The 50-year-old company will now trade under the Montgomery name.

New boss Mr Amiri said he will visit once a week with the business being run by the Montgomery team.

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