United Kingdom
West Midlands; Shropshire and Staffordshire; Staffordshire CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Specialised Construction Activities
Specialised Construction Activities
43.21 - Electrical installation

141 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 September 2018
Employment effect (start)
10 September 2018
Foreseen end date
10 September 2018


George Birchall Ltd, an electrical contractor based in Chesterton near Newcastle Under Lyme, has announced that it is to enter administration. One hundred and twenty-six employees, from the Staffordshire site, have already been made redundant with immediate effect and there will be a further 15 job losses from the company's base in Edinburgh. The company which had been in business for nearly 40 years attributed the decision to enter administration to the loss of major contracts and difficult trading conditions. According to reports, the affected workers will not receive any redundancy payment from the business and will have to apply to Government for statutory pay.

The sister company George Birchall Services Ltd, which is also based in Chesterton and concentrates on facilities management and maintenance, is not affected by the announcement and will continue to trade as usual. 



Eurofound (2018), George Birchall Ltd, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 95505, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/95505.