Fears develop for five,000 UK metal jobs as lender collapses

The principal monetary backer of one of many UK’s largest industrial teams has fallen into administration.

Specialist financial institution Greensill Capital was the primary lender to businessman Sanjeev Gupta’s sprawling empire, which incorporates Liberty Metal.

The appointment of directors to Greensill places 5,000 jobs in danger at Liberty Metal and different companies.

In a court docket submitting, Greensill stated Mr Gupta’s operations had been in “monetary issue” and defaulting on debt.

Mr Gupta declined to touch upon the claims, however his enterprise GFG Alliance earlier stated that it had sufficient funding for its present wants.

Union officers held disaster talks with the metal magnate on Tuesday. Liberty owns 12 metal vegetation within the UK together with in Rotherham, Motherwell, Stocksbridge, Newport and Hartlepool.

Afterwards the Neighborhood union stated: “Sanjeev Gupta wants to inform us precisely what the administration means for Liberty’s UK companies and the way he plans to guard jobs. The way forward for Liberty’s strategic metal property have to be secured and we’re able to work with all stakeholders to discover a resolution.”

A spokesperson for Grant Thornton stated its insolvency practitioners Chris Laverty, Trevor O’Sullivan and Will Stagg had been appointed as joint directors of Greensill Capital and Greensill Capital Administration Firm.

“The joint directors are in continued dialogue with an get together in relation to the acquisition of sure Greensill Capital property. As these discussions stay ongoing, it will be inappropriate to remark additional at the moment,” the spokesperson added.

Mr Gupta, who has been known as the “saviour of metal”, has defied pessimists within the business for years by shopping for up seemingly unloved industrial property.

These included metal and aluminium vegetation that many thought couldn’t be run profitably within the face of discount competitors from China.

Fears grow for 5,000 UK steel jobs as lender collapses