135 jobs lost as long-standing Bradford company plunges…

135 jobs lost as long-standing Bradford company plunges into administration as order book collapses

BRADFORD shopfitters Cardinal have gone into administration with the loss of 135 jobs, it has been confirmed.

Howard Smith and Dave Costley-Wood from KPMG’s restructuring practice were appointed Joint Administrators of Cardinal Shopfitting and Systems Limited yesterday.

The Laisterdyke company is an interiors manufacturer mainly supplying the retail sector, with clients including major high street chains, alongside a residential property offering.

It has been unable to continue trading given a collapse in its order book, following the impact of Covid-19 and the uncertainty in the retail sector post-lockdown.

A total of 135 of the firm’s 170 staff – approximately half of who were on furlough – have been made redundant following the appointment of the administrators.

The remaining 35 will assist the administrators in the short term to complete work in progress.

Howard Smith, Joint Administrator and associate partner at KPMG, said: “Cardinal is a victim of the retail sector at large conducting a strategic reassessment of the needs of its store estate following the COVID-19 lockdown. Without plans to invest in their high street presence until 2021 at the earliest, Cardinal’s client base were unable to provide the necessary certainty over future contracts to enable it to continue trading.

“We have employment specialists liaising with the workforce to support them through the redundancy process.”