Workers suffer pre-Christmas blow as Ahoghill-based kitchen design firm ceases trading

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The Hayburn site in Ahoghill. Picture – Google Maps.

WORKERS have been dealt a pre-Christmas blow with the announcement that a well-known bespoke kitchen design firm has ceased trading.

Hayburn & Co, which is based at Galgorm Road in Ahoghill, posted the following message on their website and also recorded it as message on their phone line.

It said: ‘Hayburn Wood Products Limited t/a Hayburn & Co: 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 has been convened for 5th December 2018 at 10.30am at the offices PKF-FPM Accountants Ltd, 1-3 Arthur Street, Belfast, Co Antrim, BT1 4GA to place the company into a Creditors Voluntary Liquidation.

‘Creditors only will be entitled to attend this meeting and no further information can be given until after this meeting is held.

‘If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact Alison Burnside or Nicola Graham of PKF-FPM Accountants Ltd at the above address or ring on 028 9024 3131 or email ; quoting the reference “Hayburns”.’

The BBC reported that ccording to its last published accounts the firm employed about 40 people.

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This was the kind of kitchen the firm specialised in.

North Antrim Traditional Unionist Voice MLA Jim Allister said: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the closure of Hayburn.

“After half a century of business this is a significant blow to the area. 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.

“North Antrim has had a significant number of job blows in recent years. It is long past the time when the area should receive the attention it deserves from Invest NI which to date has neglected the constituency.”

Ahoghill TUV councillor Stewart McDonald added: “Today’s news is deeply upsetting and a huge loss not just to the workers directly impacted but to the entire local economy.

“These were not minimum wage jobs but skilled positions which commanded a good salary.

“There is now a duty on all elected representatives in North Antrim to follow TUV’s lead and demand that we get the fair deal we deserve from Invest NI when it comes to attracting employment to the area”.

Glarryford TUV councillor Timothy Gaston said: “My thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost their jobs today.

“This would have been a devastating blow to people at any time but is especially sad so close to Christmas.

“When a big story like this breaks it is easy to forget the real lives behind the numbers. These are people with families to support, mortgages to pay and cars to service.”

Hayburn & Co are unique designers, manufacturers and installers of luxury kitchens, pantries ,laundry & bootrooms and ‘his and her’s’ dressing rooms, internal doors, external doors and windows.

Areas covered by the firm included across Ireland and England.

In 2017 they marked 50 years in business with the launch of a beautiful new signature kitchen collection.

Hayburn & Co marked the anniversary by being part of the 2017 Belfast Telegraph Property Awards.

In 2017, Creative director Lynda Hayburn – who the Belfast Telegraph reported at the time was joint owner with husband and managing director Ian – said the prestige of the property awards, in addition to the category sponsorship of the Best Interior Design of the Year, was a perfect fit for the company’s 50th celebrations.

Lynda had said: “Creating good design involves a team approach where the wider design community, including architects, interior designers and ourselves, work together as a collaborative team.

“This category sponsorship was a perfect fit for us, where design and innovation are at the heart of our business growth, most recently with the launch of our new signature kitchen range.”

The newspaper report from last year said the firm was planning to expand with showrooms planned in London and Dublin.

Also last year, The Lynda Hayburn Signature Kitchen Collection was the latest new suite of kitchens with a combination of classic and contemporary looks designed to be the centrepiece of any home.

Lynda had explained: “Each kitchen in the Lynda Hayburn Signature Collection is unique and in keeping with our classic contemporary style.

“We will co-ordinate choices of paint colours, carcass finishes, work tops and handles ensuring an effortless approach to delivering exceptional design-led collections.

“We see ourselves as unique designers, manufacturers and installers of kitchens, fitted furniture and architectural joinery.

“We offer a comprehensive portfolio of products from kitchens to boot rooms, ‘his and her’ dressing rooms, as well as internal and external doors, incorporating our 50 years of heritage and legacy.”

She had added: “We create contemporary and classical designs while being respectful of true craftsmanship.”

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