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Abacus Care (Cheshire) claims it was forced to fold
THE owner of a care firm which collapsed two weeks ago has said he is considering taking legal action after believing his company was forced to fold.
Abacus Care (Cheshire) Ltd provided home care services to residents in Knutsford, and ceased trading on Thursday, August 23, after getting into financial trouble.
It was part of a franchise of the national firm Abacus Care Ltd, which has a total of 26 franchises.
High Legh resident Christopher Barral, director of Abacus Care (Cheshire), held a meeting for staff who had been made redundant at the Orford Hotel in Warrington on Thursday – which the Guardian was invited to.
At the meeting he said: “There’s a lot going on at the moment and I’ve contacted George Osborne, who is my MP, and my lawyer has said I have case, but obviously I can’t go into it,” he said.
“I’d been told that the payroll was safe, but then it was ‘bang’ and we were shut.
“I have a background in nursing, and we never put the clients in danger.
“Most of our carers have got jobs, but it’s the office staff who haven’t. Different companies have picked up the carers who were working for us.
“We loved our staff and valued them, and that’s why they’ve got jobs.”
Former Abacus Care (Cheshire) employees contacted the Guardian after finding out that Mr Barral had taken over the Orford Hotel.
Mr Barral said the money was his own and none of the company’s cash had been injected into his new venture.