City Link Lancashire jobs blow

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Fifty-two jobs are set to be lost at City Link’s depot in Longridge Road, Preston, after the dramatic collapse of the company.

Meanwhile the founder of City Link’s parent company has denied the firm’s collapse was mishandled and apologised to more than 2,000 workers who found out on Christmas Day that they would lose their jobs.

Jon Moulton said the directors of Better Capital, which owns the parcel delivery firm, are “very sorry” about its collapse and the “horrible effects” for its workforce.

The veteran venture capitalist claimed that taxpayers would not foot a major bill for redundancy payments for the firm’s staff - as City Link had “paid a fortune” in taxes since Better Capital took it over in April 2013.

More than 2,000 City Link staff are facing redundancy on New Year’s Eve and company administrators Ernst and Young (EY) have been unable to reach a deal with furious union bosses desperate to save the jobs.