Eighty jobs go after Sheffield electrical firm collapses

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Eighty workers have lost their jobs at a Sheffield firm after it hit financial problems.

Joint administrators Howard Smith, Mark Firmin and Paul Flint, from accountants KPMG, shut Orgreave-based Inman Electricals after deciding they were unlikely to sell it as a going concern.

Fifteen of the staff have been retained temporarily to help wind down the business, which supplied electrical goods to customers who included institutional buyers like organisations running university flats and halls of residence, the leisure industry, company kitchens developers of new homes and independent retailers.

Inman had distribution centres in Sheffield, Bristol and London.

Clive Betts, the Labour MP who represents the area, said he believes the redundancies are the largest in his Sheffield South East constituency since 280 staff were laid off at Outokumpu steelworks in 2009.

He said: “My first thoughts are with the workers who have lost their jobs, and their families.

“It’s bad enough losing jobs at present, but it is even harder to try to find replacement employment.

“The company’s fate is a symptom of the general rundown state of the economy.

“This is the largest number of redundancies at once for some time, since several hundred were lost at Outokumpu.

“However, there will have been smaller job losses at different companies and vacancies being left unfilled.”

The collapse comes just half a dozen years after the company was expanding and launched its own In-Cuisine range of domestic appliances.

The long-established company prided itself on providing enhanced features, product guarantees and service, instead of competing on price and seeking to gain revenue by selling extended warranties.

A spokesman for the administrators said Inman had a turnover of £20 million and 78 employees, but margins were shrinking in a competitive market and that, combined with cashflow problems, led to its insolvency.