Garden wholesaler Solus makes 91 staff redundant following administration

Solus has made 91 staff redundant in its head office, operations and distribution centres.

Hunnington will lose 24 staff, Droitwich 32, West Bromwich 16, Tipton two, Norwich 13 and Edinburgh four. The company had 250 staff and turned over £29.3m in the year to 30 March.

Solus failed to find a buyer after negotiations with Scotts failed last month and went into administration on 15 May with PwC, Rob Hunt and Tony Barrell as administrators.

The company blames "a drop in turnover due to difficult trading conditions as well as a cessation of a distribution agreement with its major supplier."

A statement said the business cost structure was "no longer in line with the reduced sales volume and significant losses were being incurred."

Barrell said: "Discussions with interested parties are still at an early stage but we remain hopeful of securing a sale."

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