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  • Mar 21, 2012
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Sandwell ranks second in UK firms’ insolvency league table

Sandwell in the West Midlands is one of the worst places in the UK for business insolvencies, research suggests.

Only Slough has a worse record. In 2011, 269 firms went into administration in Sandwell, a rise of 2.3% on 2010, information firm Experian has said.

Metal fabrication firm BC Barton and Son was one of those firms.

It went into administration in November and half the workforce lost their jobs, however, after being bought by another firm production is continuing on site.

The company had some high-profile customers that made it attractive to potential buyers.

‘Sometimes squeezed’

Production continued throughout the time it was in administration and in January the firm was effectively bought out of administration and started trading as BC Barton Limited.

BC Barton Limited is proof that insolvency and administration is not always the end of the road for workers.

Mike Dell, who is also the president of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, helped to save jobs at the site and said he was not surprised that some firms were still finding it tough.

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Author: Leon Shutkever

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