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Desk-Link’s future in doubt

Wednesday 18 August 2010

DESPITE dedicated service from its staff, the future of an office furniture company in Wales, UK remains uncertain after it ceased trading.
Desk-Link is understood to have made 19 staff redundant and left more than 100 in limbo.
Blaenau Gwent AM Trish Law has requested an investigation into the situation at the Tafarnaubach factory after it emerged the Assembly Government assisted the company with £250,000 of Single Investment Fund support to safeguard 90 jobs in December 2009.
Although approached for comment Desk-Link have yet to confirm any details and workers have yet to receive a statement from the company.
David Harris, 40, from Beaufort, has worked at the factory for the past five years and said the workers were hoping even if it took new investors, the company would once again be able to open its doors and get back to supplying a packed order book.
“We were working overtime, weekends, doubles, just to make orders. The quality is still there. The customers we get are regularly coming back,” he said. “They have been messed about over time with delays and the like, but they still keep coming back, because of the quality of the work.
“It would be a real shame if it does shut, not just for us but for the whole area. There were plenty of promises, but it seems those promises haven’t been upheld.
“Everyone is more than a bit cheesed off with the way this has been run, but you won’t find a more loyal labour force than this one, fighting to keep the place alive. We want this place to stay open.”
Blaenau Gwent MP Nick Smith said he had also been in contact with staff concerned about the jobs.
“This is bad news for the staff who have worked hard to help try to keep this business afloat in recent times,” he said. “I have spoken to staff privately who have come to me with their concerns and visited the factory.
“It is a good site and the staff are proud of their quality products. Let’s hope the insolvency team can find someone who can build up the business.”
Desk-Link Office Furniture was saved from closure at the start of 2009 after going into administration late in 2008.

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