Jobs hopes dashed at failed Keighley firm Fuzzwire

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Any hopes of saving jobs at a festive decorations firm in Keighley which fell into administration shortly before Christmas look to have been dashed.

A total of 187 jobs were lost when Fuzzwire shut down.

Now a union boss has described the firm as “the Marie Celeste of the factory world”.

Steve Davison, president of Keighley Trades Union Council, said it was as if Fuzzwire had “never existed”.

Fuzzwire made Christmas decorations for shopping malls. Bristol-based administrators FRP Advisory announced that Austrian-owned MK Illuminations had bought the doomed firm's contracts, bringing hopes that new jobs might be created.

But Mr Davison said: "There has not been a squeak about what is happening.

“We offered help to those who lost their jobs but no-one has approached us. I am still trying to work out what to do for the best.

"It is a mystery. No-one seems to know anything. It is as if it is a virtual workplace. The premises are still locked up and deserted."

Visiting the site shortly before Christmas, FRP's Andrew Sheridan said dealing with redundancy claims was the “immediate focus”. But he warned it could take up to eight weeks before anyone received any entitlements.

He said yesterday that there was “nothing new to report”.

Single dad Andrew Parker, of Keighley, who lost his job at the firm, has not received money from any source since December 6, when Fuzzwire staff were told their jobs were going.

"Without family and friends I would hardly have eaten," he said. "My son and I had quite a good Christmas despite all the problems, but you can't go on relying on other people."

The 50-year-old now walks everywhere in search of work. "I have applied for jobs from toilet-cleaning to management," he said. "I have to walk as I have no money for transport."

Having only just received his P45, he has an appointment about benefits this Tuesday. "I have no money in my pocket, but something will crop up," he said.

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