Clo­sure of Co Antrim kitchen firm hits celebs in the pocket

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A NUM­BER of Irish celebri­ties have said they’ve lost thou­sands of eu­ros af­ter high-end kitchens firm Hay­burn Wood Prod­ucts in Co Antrim went out of busi­ness.

For­mer model Pippa O’con­nor and her TV pre­sen­ter hus­band Brian Or­mond were among those who con­tacted the Joe Duffy Show on RTE Ra­dio One to say they had lost out af­ter sign­ing up to buy a kitchen from the firm.

The celebrity cou­ple said they were left €3,000 (£2,674) out of pocket by the clo­sure of the Ahoghill com­pany, which has also left be­tween 40 and 60 peo­ple out of work.

Celebrity make-up artist Michelle Regaz­zoli-stone from Co Meath also told the ra­dio show that she had spent €12,000 on her “dream kitchen”at Hay­burn & Co.

The busi­ness­woman be­hind the Irish Mrs Makeup brand, told the pro­gramme how she had driven to Ahoghill last week to find the premises empty.

“I’m ab­so­lutely gut­ted. We have two kids. It’s six weeks from Christ­mas,” she said.

Newry-based busi­ness ad­vi­sory firm PKF-FPM, which has been ap­pointed to ad­vise Hay­burns, said: “Due to dif­fi­cult trad­ing con­di­tions, the busi­ness has ceased trad­ing with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“All known cred­i­tors, in­clud­ing those cus­tomers who have fully paid or paid in part for goods, are be­ing con­tacted by post.”

A cred­i­tors’ meet­ing is due to take place at the Belfast of­fices of PKF-FPM, where it’s planned to put the com­pany into a cred­i­tors vol­un­tary liq­ui­da­tion.

A large num­ber of the com­pany’s cred­i­tors are ex­pected to at­tend the meet­ing.

Speak­ing last week, North Antrim MLA and TUV leader Jim Al­lis­ter said the clo­sure was a “sig­nif­i­cant blow to the area”.

He said: “Of course my thoughts are first and fore­most with the staff who have lost their jobs in the run-up to Christ­mas.

“It is also im­por­tant to recog­nise that this will have a sig­nif­i­cant knock-on im­pact on the lo­cal econ­omy.”

Cam­den Group, an­other Co Antrim busi­ness which makes win­dows and doors, has said it’s also con­sult­ing on up to 80 re­dun­dan­cies.

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