Worker who lost job at Leaderflush Shapland in Langley Mill ‘worried about paying the rent’

Leaderflush Shapland head office and manufacturing site, Langley Mill.
Leaderflush Shapland head office and manufacturing site, Langley Mill.

A man who has been left jobless after door company Leaderflush Shapland in Langley Mill close said he is worried about being about to pay the rent.

Sean Marshall, 33, had worked at the company’s head office for 14 years.

Almost 400 workers have been made redundant at door manufacturers Leaderflush Shapland. Workers were told it would not reopen for business following the Christmas shutdown.

The firm notified 394 of its 426 employees of redundancy after they went into administration in December.

Most of these are based at the Langley Mill site on Milnhay Road.

Fifteen employees at the group’s head office, also based at Langley Mill, have also been affected, with ten being notified and five being retained.

Sean Marshall, 33, had worked at the company’s head office for 14 years. He said: “A few weeks before Christmas we got an inkling that there was a cashflow problem. Meetings were held and we got a letter on December 18 saying the company had been put into administration. That was the last day the majority of people worked.

“We were told that if a buyer wasn’t found then it would shut. It escalated from that and I had a message from my boss on December 29 to say it was shutting, followed by a letter saying I had been made redundant.”

Sean, who is married with two children, said he tried to enjoy Christmas but was worried about how he will pay his rent.

The Langley Mill section employed people from across Amber Valley and had workers from Ripley, Belper and Ilkeston.

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills said he was shocked at the news and a job fair would be held to help those who had lost their jobs.

The remaining 32 employees will help with the winding down of the company.