Following the announcement this morning of Wolverhampton-based company Carillion going into liquidation, City of Wolverhampton Council convened an emergency cross agency meeting.

Actions are now being put in place to support employees and businesses.

The meeting at City of Wolverhampton Civic Centre saw representatives from the council, Black Country LEP, Department for Work and Pensions, West Midlands Combined Authority, Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, at the table to ensure a co-ordinated approach.

A dedicated phone line for businesses affected by the crisis will be operational from around midday tomorrow (Tuesday), in addition to the phoneline already established for Carillion employees by official receivers, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The meeting was informed by a conversation earlier in the day between council officials and Parliamentary Undersecretary for State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Andrew Griffiths MP. The council has also been working closely with the office of the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street.

The taskforce group discussed issues around skills, apprenticeships, and the local supply chain.

Members will now implement practical measures for those facing the threat of redundancy, should it be required.

Chair of the taskforce group, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "The task force meeting demonstrated a clear commitment from all partners to support Carillion's 400 strong workforce and local business supply chains in the city and wider West Midlands.

"Partners are working together to provide a package of measures including sign-posting those affected to the advice and support they need via helpline numbers and carrying out a detailed assessment of supply chain networks to provide more targeted business support.

"Carillion employs many professionally-skilled people at their Chapel Ash headquarters and across the region.

"With the construction sector calling out for skilled employees we are confident the programmes the partners are able to put in place will help to mitigate potential job losses and support those in need.

"There are still many issues that require clarity and we will be working through them with city and regional partners, such as the West Midlands Combined Authority, Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Department for Work and Pensions, Black Country LEP, and others over the coming hours and days.

"We will also be closely monitoring the national position and liaising with colleagues in government."

Taskforce members will now continue to liaise on further developing support mechanisms, with a date for the next full meeting to be determined.

  • released: Monday 15 January, 2018