KPMG closes Portland Conservatories
KPMG has announced the closure of Manchester's Portland Conservatories, with the loss of 68 jobs.
The firm has had mixed success as administrative receivers to the BHD Group, of which Portland is a subsidiary. It had previously secured the future of its Aqualux subsidiary, which makes showers, by selling it to a management buy-out team.
Mark Orton, KPMG corporate recovery partner and joint administrative receiver, confirmed on Friday that no similar rescue had been possible for Portland.
‘As we have been unable to find a purchaser for the Portland Conservatories business as a going concern, we have unfortunately had to take the decision to close down the business and make staff redundant,’ he said.
Orton and fellow administrative receivers Myles Halley and Richard Fleming are focusing on the remaining companies in the group, which operate in the home improvement sector.
Houseproud, a division of Portland Conservatories Limited (in administrative receivership), continues to trade as normal.