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Woes of SBS TFM exposed by latest court case

10 January 2019

An employment tribunal at Liverpool County Court has ruled that SBS Total Facilities Management (SBS TFM) made at least 19 former members of staff redundant without following the necessary consultation protocols.

The business collapse last year with debts of nearly £600,000 owed to 37 listed creditors when it entered administration in July, according to the Liverpool Echo.

A separate tribunal had previously found that the company's business development director Samantha McCoy had been unfairly dismissed during her notice period.

Her annual salary had been reduced from £65,000 to £40,000 at the beginning of 2018 and was then sent home after protesting.

Claims of "unsatisfactory conduct and misconduct" made against Ms McCoy were found to be "unclear".

The court found that she was owed £2,000 in unpaid wages in addition to her salary during her notice period.

Formerly known as Selwyn Building Services, the company changed to SBS TFM in August 2017, with employees transferred to the new business.

Its problems had started in 2016, according to the Liverpool Echo, and it was saved from administration when owner Bernard Evans invested £65,000 in a buy out operation in 2017.

Administrator UHY Hacker Young stated that there had been no interest in acquiring the business last year and all employees had been made redundant around the end of April 2018.

Increased media attention on FM service providers has been seen since last year's collapse of Carillion, severely affecting clients, employees, industry partners and its extensive supply chain, many of which have suffered financial difficulties with some forced out of business as a result.

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