'Most will not lose out' by carpets firm's collapse
The boss of a carpets and kitchens firm says the "vast majority" of customers who paid deposits before it went into liquidation have not lost their money.
Potters Carpets, of Anstey, collapsed last month after a slump in trade and its bank withdrew support.
Kevin Beange, the brother of the previous managing director, has since bought the business from the liquidators for £47,800.
Businesses which supplied the firm are owed about £200,000 in total and are unlikely to get all of their money back.
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However, Mr Beange said most of the two dozen or so customers who had paid deposits and were awaiting delivery of their carpets or kitchens before the company went into liquidation had either got their products or their money back.
"I wouldn't say 100 per cent of customers have been left satisfied," he said. "I would say the vast majority have."
He said some customers whose orders were not fulfilled had been able to claim back the money because they had paid by credit card, which means they were insured.
Mr Beange said 10 of the 17 people made redundant when the company collapsed had been re-employed by him.
"It's a sad story, unfortunately," said Mr Beange. "For me, it was the right thing to do. I have kept 10 people employed and the name going."
Potters, which is more than 130 years old, moved to Leicester Road, Anstey, in 2004 after its previous premises were destroyed by fire.