Bench maker scales down to save jobs

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts -

A wooden-bench maker has re­vealed how it has bet its sur­vival on selling or let­ting half its premises af­ter is­su­ing staff with re­dun­dancy no­tices.

Em­merich (Ber­lon), which sells Emir-branded school ta­bles and tools, re­vealed plans to shoe­horn its ma­chin­ery and work­men into just over a quar­ter of its 40,000sq ft site on the Kingsnorth In­dus­trial Es­tate, Ash­ford.

It is in talks with another com­pany about mov­ing into the re­main­ing 29,000sq ft, which it said would save the firm if the deal went through and al­low it to with­draw re­dun­dancy no­tices for its 13 staff.

Owner di­rec­tor Sa­man­tha Em­merich, who is the third gen­er­a­tion of her fam­ily to run the firm, said: “We are qui­etly con­fi­dent that the sale plan is work­ing and we are go­ing to be able to move into our slim­line premises with hugely re­duced over­heads and act on our strate­gies.”

Read the full in­ter­view with the firm in Kent Busi­ness, free in­side this pa­per.

PLANS: Com­pany boss Sa­man­tha Em­merich

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