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25 industry jobs saved
by former MD
Twenty-five jobs have been saved at a long- Paul Hendry-Smith, whose parents Ivor and Paul has managed to save these jobs and
standing cleaning company after its previous Beryl Smith founded the company, was the safeguard important supplies for hundreds of
owner stepped in to negotiate a last-minute
managing director until the company was sold loyal customers which include healthcare
deal with administrators.
to Hampshire-based investment firm Tigertails authorities, doctors and schools.
Capital back in
Anglian Chemicals, an established cleaning
“The support from customers and suppliers
August 2007.
chemical manufacturer and janitorial
has been astounding. The majority of them
supplier, has been based in Fakenham,
Paul sold the
have been extremely supportive and it is
Norfolk since 1979.
business so
humbling to know. These companies who
that his parents
have worked with us for years are
could retire and so
standing by us and we cannot
he could concentrate
say thank you enough.”
Emprise appoints
on a new business – kit-
plane manufacturer The Light
The day-to-day
Anthony Hampson Aircraft Company.
running of
Emprise Services Plc, a specialist support
So why did he decide to step in?
Chemicals will
services company focussing on cleaning
“Why did I do it? Well, to be brutally
be handled by
and security, announces the appointment
honest, maybe I should have just walked away
director David
of Anthony Hampson as Divisional
from it all,” admits Paul. “But we worked so
Managing Director – Corporate and
hard and it took an unbelievable amount of
one of the grateful
Commercial. effort to get the business to where we got it to.
employees who feared
To find out that it had been shattered in just two
redundancy a week ago.
As Divisional
Managing Director –
years, at the hands of someone else, was just
Mr Johnson said: “On Monday, I was fairly
Corporate and
concerned, on Tuesday I was very concerned
“I could not just sit there and see 25 former
and on Wednesday I was made redundant,
Anthony will manage
employees and friends lose their jobs,
which was the lowest I have been for 20 years.
and support
especially in times such as these. I didn’t want
But then on Friday Paul gave me a phone call
Emprise’s Operational team to oversee
to let anyone down. A lot of customers rely on to let me know his plans and the weight was
the smooth running of the company’s
our products, and not only are they valued lifted from my shoulders.”
Corporate and Commercial sector
customers, but valued friends too.”
Mr Johnson said while the company was in the
The news that his “baby” had gone into ownership of Tigertails, management decisions
administration spurred Paul into “very tense” were taken out of his hands. “Anglian
Michael Garrett, Chief Operating Officer at
negotiations to secure the company’s assets, Chemicals has always traded well and will
Emprise, comments: “We are delighted to
buildings and trading name. continue to,” he said. “It was in administration
welcome Anthony to the team. His in depth
The mercy mission resulted in a deal, which
due to cashflow, not due to lack of customers.”
knowledge of managing and delivering
high quality, customer service led facilities
puts him back in control of the firm after It has be noted that this commitment to the
propositions to large corporate clients will
reinvesting a sum “approaching seven figures.” industry is absolutely outstanding and Paul’s
be an asset to our already strong “It was never a decision that was made based
example reminds us all, just how important
management team.”
on profit, but this is a family business and
the cleaning industry is, from employees,
it was something I felt I had to do,”
to customers and ultimately the world.
explains Paul.
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