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Council ‘ready to help’ amid threat to Wilko in Ilkeston and Long Eaton

Erewash Borough Council has reacted with dismay at the news high street giant Wilko is on the verge of collapse.
The struggling 400-store retailer employs 12,000 and has outlets in Ilkeston’s Bath Street and Nottingham Road in Long Eaton.
Administrators are to be appointed after the company – which is still family owned after being founded in Leicester 92 years ago – failed to find sufficient emergency investment.
Wilko’s current HQ is in Worksop, where Bassetlaw council’s leader James Naish and local MP Brendan Clarke-Smith were seeking urgent talks with the firm.
Erewash’s leader Cllr James Dawson said: “We have been battling tirelessly to turn our local high streets back into vibrant places to shop.
“Everyone was devastated when Woolworths went to the wall – and this is a fresh blow. Our thoughts are with Wilko’s hard-working employees who face an uncertain future amid the ever-increasing cost of living crisis.
“The council stands ready to help in any way it can. We are keeping our fingers crossed that a buyer for the company will step forward.”
His hopes that the store chain will be saved were echoed by the GMB union, which represents Wilko staff.
A spokesman said of the firm’s woes: “This is extremely concerning but we remain hopeful that a buyer can be found.”
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