Ipswich: Alstons Cabinets warns of redundancies

WORKERS at a bedroom furniture making business face an uncertain future following the launch of a consultation over redundancies.

All 130 people employed at Alstons Cabinets, off Nacton Road, Ipswich, have been told their jobs are at risk.

The company said all available options for the factory would be explored “with a view to preserving the business as far as possible.”

John Alston, managing director, said: “This has not been an easy decision to take but like many manufacturers we have struggled against a tide of cheap, lower quality imports.”

He added: “Despite reducing costs and improving its efficiency, the factory does not have enough orders to continue in its current form.”

The Alston Group’s Colchester-based Alstons Upholstery business, which employs a further 180 people and accounts for 75% of its turnover, remains profitable and is not affected by the consultation in Ipswich.