SIX people have lost their jobs at the Chichester branch of Unipart Automotive after the national car parts supplier today went into administration.
The Terminus Road business is among around 150 branches nationally to close with immediate effect with the loss of 1,400 jobs.
The six to lose their jobs in Chichester had worked for the company from between three months to 14 years and were told the news this morning (Thursday, July 24).
One of those who asked not to be named said: “It’s a nightmare, we’ve all got bills to pay and I’ve already been on the phone to my mortgage company and bank.
“We’ve been told the company won’t have jobs for us and that any money we’re still owed would have to be claimed from the government.
“It’s come as a real shock to everyone. We were told there was an eight out of ten chance the company would be sold and we’d be fine and now this.”
Administrators KPMG were appointed this morning, though a deal has been struck to sell 33 branches, saving around 360 out of 1,800 jobs nationally.
The troubled company is majority owned by H2 Equity Partners while Unipart Group, it’s former parent, still holds a minority stake.