Jobs lost as Westgate building firm goes into administration
A WESTGATE building firm has gone into administration after 13 years of trade, leaving 38 people out of a job.
D J Ellis Construction Limited entered into administration on May 24.
David Elliott and Simon Paterson of Moore Stephens LLP have been appointed Joint Administrators.
Mr Elliott said: "The company was well respected within the Thanet area, but in common with many companies in the construction sector, suffered a bad debt that it was unable to recover from.
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"While it has not proved possible to save the existing business, it is hoped that there will be sufficient recoveries made to allow a dividend to be paid to creditors in due course."
Darren Ellis, who set up the company, left as a director and a shareholder last year and has no involvement with the firm.
One of the company's clients was the Ramsgate Society, which had contracted the firm to carry out work for its historic shelters project.
The company had completed two of the 14 Edwardian shelters being restored on Ramsgate's seafront.
The Ramsgate Society was to have paid £42,000 in May for the work but withheld the money when the company went into administration.
The Ramsgate Society now plans to hand the contract to Mather and Smith Ltd from Ashford.
Jocelyn McCarthy of the Ramsgate Society said: "We are just looking at the figures, we hope work should be starting again soon. We are not home and dry but we should be finished on time."