Staff striv­ing to raise funds to save his­toric com­pany

Western Daily Press - - News -

PART of a his­toric, fam­ily-owned op­ti­cal firm in Glouces­ter is crowd­fund­ing to avoid im­mi­nent col­lapse.

Staff from Norville Op­ti­cal, which en­tered ad­min­is­tra­tion on July 3, are rac­ing against the clock to raise £850,000 in funds from the Glouces­ter­shire com­mu­nity.

The com­pany is owned by The Norville Group. Norville Op­ti­cal cov­ers their lab­o­ra­to­ries and Glouces­ter fac­tory. Re­tail di­vi­sion Norville Op­ti­cians’ has nine branches across the South West which have been sold.

The Norville Op­ti­cal fac­tory has op­er­ated for more than 110 years and 150 mem­bers of staff fear that they will lose their jobs if they don’t se­cure enough sup­port from the com­mu­nity be­fore a meet­ing with ad­min­is­tra­tors in the com­ing days.

Alastair Cham­bers, 39, the man be­hind the Go Fund Me cam­paign, said: “The ad­min­is­tra­tors are ei­ther go­ing to divvy it up into lots of dif­fer­ent parts and sell off the machines, or some­one else will come in and buy the name of the busi­ness and the ma­chin­ery but move it to Birm­ing­ham. Then just sell what they can.”

At the time of pub­li­ca­tion, the Go Fund Me page had raised £3,000 to­wards the tar­get. The Norville Group has been sup­ply­ing op­ti­cal prod­ucts for ap­prox­i­mately 60 years.

Divvy it up into lots of

dif­fer­ent parts and sell off the machines

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