Groundworks firm collapses into administration

A £41m groundworks firm has called in administrators, blaming the Covid-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine for its troubles.

The running of S&I Groundworks, which is based in Burton, has been taken over by restructuring specialist KBL Advisory, which said inflation has caused S&I’s collapse, along with “increased competition for key staff”.

A statement from KBL said: “Significant cashflow pressure as a consequence of cost inflation and economic uncertainty left the directors with no option but to place the company into administration.”

In its latest accounts to the end of May 2021, S&I posted £41m turnover and a profit of £1.9m. The firm employed 21 staff at the time.

S&I also has an office in Knutsford, Cheshire, and has worked for the likes of Barratt Homes, Miller Homes and David Wilson Homes.

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