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Shock closure of city call centre, Windowto, puts 30 jobs at risk

Sudden closure: Windowto, which was based in part of this building on Salter Street, Preston

Sudden closure: Windowto, which was based in part of this building on Salter Street, Preston

A Preston office has suddenly closed – putting around 30 jobs in jeopardy.

Energy savings company Windowto told its staff on Friday that they were being sent home.

According to workers, staff were told to return after the weekend when their future would be clearer.

They later received an email telling them they were being made redundant and they would receive a letter outlining how they may be entitled to compensation.

One worker, who asked not be named, said everyone was owed more than a month’s wages but they were only paid up to £200 by the company.

Windowto, based in Salter Street, Preston, employed about 30 people.

The limited company, formed about 12 months ago according to available records, was set up to lower customers’ bills from electricity to insurance and mortgages to pensions.

One worker said the company did a lot of work with U Switch, the tariff and company-switching body.

He said: “This came completely out of the blue.

“We were suddenly told on Friday that the place was closing and were being sent home.

“They told us to come back on Monday when things might be clearer and we have now been sent an email saying the place is closed and we may be able to apply for redundancy.

“I’m owed a month’s wages – they’ve only given me a small payment. There are people there with families and mortgages – how are they going to manage?”

Windowto is understood to have been set up in December 2012. Benjamin Muschamp and Xavier Rodriguez Percet are listed as directors.

No-one from the company was available for comment.

 

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