CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has taken immediate action following news that Llanelli-based firm WRW Construction is going into administration.
Company directors have notified the council that they are in the process of placing the company into administration following a series of events that have put the businesses ‘under significant financial stress’.
In light of the announcement, the council has taken immediate action to secure two major development sites currently underway in Carmarthenshire – the Pendine attractor project and an affordable homes scheme in Dylan, Llanelli.
Leader of the council, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “This is unfortunate news which will no doubt impact on local employees and sub-contractors. WRW Construction has worked with us to develop several major schemes over many years, including schools and homes, and we are sorry to hear of its collapse.
“Our immediate focus has been to secure two major development sites currently underway – the Pendine attractor project and an affordable homes scheme in Dylan, Llanelli. We are currently gathering information and providing practical support to assist sub-contractors who are involved in the work at both of these sites.
“As with all major projects, contingency arrangements are in place. As such we are confident that we can resume work to continue the delivery of both of these major projects in the near future, although this will inevitably lead to some delay and extra costs, which will need to assessed. We will provide further updates in due course.”
The council has recently launched a robust Economic Recovery Plan to support local industries in the wake of Covid and Brexit.
It recognises that many businesses across a range of sectors may come into difficulty over the next few years and sets out a range of measures to support them.
Cllr Dole added: “Whilst we understand the circumstances of WRW Construction’s collapse are unrelated to these issues we will nevertheless implement these measures to mitigate the impact of this situation.
“We have already mobilised business support officers from our economic development team to provide advice and information to those affected. We will also accelerate a range of employment opportunities within the authority that may provide suitable alternative employment for people with transferrable skills, and will work with our partners to identify and promote other relevant training and job opportunities.
“This is a sad situation for all those involved, but we will do everything we can to support all those affected.”
If you are affected by this news and need employment advice or support, or if you are a contractor involved in the developments at Pendine or Dylan, Llanelli, and require information please contact Carmarthenshire County Council’s economic development team on 01267 234567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org