ABOUT 40 staff at a leading Scarborough building firm have been made redundant after the company suddenly folded.
Staff at 3P Construction Services were informed of the news upon arriving at work yesterday morning.
The company, which is located on Commercial Street in Scarborough, officially confirmed the closure to the Evening News.
Staff are said to be “distraught” after being put out of a job.
A source close to the company said: “The staff came into work as normal for nine o’clock. By ten past nine they were back home.
“The news came totally out of the blue. They are distraught at what’s happened, a lot of the workers have a family, and some have recently bought a house, that’s how safe they felt.”
The company has been in existence since 1999, after it emerged from the ashes of 3P Design, which had been involved in the building or refurbishment of some of Scarborough’s best-known premises, including St Catherine’s Hospice. At the time, 56 staff lost their jobs with nine being retained as the company continued to trade.
However, this time the company has announced that all staff will be made redundant with immediate effect following the collapse of the business.
On behalf of the staff, the Evenng News was informed: “This has put a lot of workers out a trade, and without even a notice period to try to find something else.”
When the Evening News visited the company to attempt to confirm the news, there were already signs that the firm had started to close down operations, as the reception area had already been cleared and packed boxes were scattered around the room.
And the source close to the company stated, the losses couldn’t have came at a worse time.
“It’s going to be really tough for some of those guys to find work in a trade straight away, if at all.
“It’s just even more people out of work, and I feel for all of them.”
The Evening News was unable to speak to managing director Stuart Chalmers, however, a company spokesperson said: “I would like to thank all of the employees, suppliers, sub-contractors and the customers for all of their support and hard work over the years.
“We are sorry that this has happened but we want them to know that we have really tried our best to stop this from happening.
“This is an old-fashioned company, who care about the people who work with us. I have literally seen people grow up in the job, from starting at 16 to buying their first home, and my heart goes out to everyone who has been affected by this.”