Deathwatch – are Auto Windscreens about to crack?

February 8th, 2011 67 Comments By Paul Smith

Bitterwallet Auto Windscreens logo Deathwatch   are Auto Windscreens about to crack?“Autoglass repair, Autoglass replace.” No, not them – the other guys. The ones that don’t have an irritable earworm of a jingle or a nice young man called Gavin. AutoWindscreens, which employs around 1600 people across the UK, appears to be in financial trouble.

An article on the Business Sale Report Website confirms administrators are standing by to deal with the business:

“Lloyds, the company’s bankers, are in discussions with several business turnaround specialists with the specific objective of securing emergency investment for the company.

“Understandably concerned about its exposure, the bank has enlisted the help of Deloitte, whose insolvency partners are standing by should it be deemed necessary to place the business into administration.”

According to the article, there are only 300 fitters employed by Auto Windscreen, down from 700 a couple of years ago. One fitter is quoted as saying: “Fitters now have to travel 300 miles per day – up from 100 miles per day – for fewer jobs, with fuel prices constantly rising.”

A source within the company has contacted Bitterwallet with details of an unofficial forum used by staff of Auto Windscreens. Posters have claimed that staff are being made redundant, accounts are on stop with several suppliers, fuel cards have been stopped, bonuses not being received and staff are concerned about being paid.

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  1. Posted by Wish i could tell you who i am!! February 16, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Im keeping the buddy, Repair kit, Glue gun, Sumo, and anything else i can get my hands on!
    They can have the handheld back smashed up, oh and ive lost the printer.
    Peter fox How the f*ck did you get away without someone punching you coz if you was in my depot on monday you would have got a hell load of abuse. But instead we took it out on the administrators when infact they are doing a better job than you!!
    Peter fox has been dipping into the funds for ages… i still cant believe this has happened!! Autoglass taking loads on, And AA are recruiting aswell guys.

  2. Posted by Maccad01 February 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Paul “You will all get cock and bull at 4pm things ok problem with system but we are going to pay bills
    And everything ok,do yourself a favour go and work for autoglass secure future they treat you well
    Do your job that your paid to do and they will pay you well,I should be getting my redundancy the end of this
    Month. I won’t get it. They have moved the money into other places so they are ok” If you knew a year ago that this was goikng to happen why did you post this prior to the announcement? And also, if you care so much for the employees of AW, stop spouting your sh!te about nobody wanting to buy the company with the state it’s in and Autoglass are way better. If they are as good as you claim, they wouldn’t have double their already steeper than AW charges would they – I have never heard so much crap in all my life! And maybe if you had pulled your finger out your ar$e back when you were in charge of whatever you were in charge of, the customers wouldn’t have got so pee’d with the company, forcing the insurancers to pull the contracts, think before you speak you daft man!!!

  3. Posted by dan gleeballs February 17, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Such a shame to see you boys out of work, a once great company that got humped.
    Over at Autoglass we are out the door with work so cheers Peter for that me old mate. I might need one of your spare vans to help me carry home all this bonus iam making. Sell the Buddy and anything else you have to get your wages back.

  4. Posted by ploddingalong February 17, 2011 at 9:39 am

    peter fox had the administrator acting as his body guard, one person walked over to him and the administrator jumped right in front of him!

  5. Posted by magpie February 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I believe now you have to go to get you redundancy from the goverment. Any one know if that true and how you do it

  6. Posted by ploddingalong February 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    yes you can get it from goverment but it can take months and you may only get a fraction of what you should be getting so dont count on getting it any time soon

  7. Posted by John Thomas February 19, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    at least we won’t have to fit UKG anymore!

  8. Posted by Hurry and decide!!! February 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Handhelds seem to be working again!!! Doh….

  9. Posted by MP frm DC1 February 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    what a joke ey? i cnt belive that this once great company has gone this way! peter fox and that german c*nt have totaly runied this place i hope they cant sleep at night now as 1100 people cant pay our mortages, rent bill etc… Nice one Mr.Fox i hope you rot in hell and di* slowly in a painfull and agornising way!!! thanks!!!

  10. Posted by hellboy 187 February 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    What happened to pilkington buying us and back to work today, another load a s**t i suppose

  11. Hi folks , i have worked for Autoglass for 10 years now and i have never looked back , i must say i am gutted that AW have gone into administration and could be gone. You are probably thinking yeh what ever , AW was always a strong competitor for a number of years and we met some great people who worked there , to hear that so many people with families and houses to pay for suddenly being out of work is criminal and personally my heart goes out to you guys. If any of you do want to join us simply ring any of our branches and they will give you a number to text your name to , this text will put any AW technician to the top of the list hopping over any trainees that are queing. I don’t particularly know the back ground into AW apart from the fact that they have been bounced from pillar to post , but after reading some of your comments i can see why you are so hacked of, the one thing i would say is that if there is any hope for AW and you would like to stay there selling or damaging proprty is only going to make it harder for the new buyers to turn the business around. However i can understand your frustrations so i suppose it’s your call. Good luck people , hope all goes well eventually.

  12. Posted by Screw you guys im goin home. February 25, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Why does everyone have to travel far and wide to go to various depots at high noon today,just for some c”"t to tell us we dont have a job no more?
    I would rather them tell me over the phone and save me travelling 50 miles and wasting MY day.
    Deloitte are as bad with communication as sir peter fox.

  13. Posted by skint February 25, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    If the administrators were unable to sell the business as a going concern, how come someone has bought 21 depots, is using the Auto Windscreens name and is trading again? Amazing how the story on the BBC doesn’t mention the appointment of liquidators and how the staff have been shafted.

  14. Posted by quarterlight February 25, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Tex 07786 204966 with your name to Autoglass Jobs For experienced Techs needed in the North West

  15. Posted by fishey February 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I understand a fishy insurance co has bought the name and 21 depts, when i called the call centre today i was told a new firm had taken over the firm and only trading as AW if there is winding up order how come i was told i could go to depot tommorrow and get my windscreen fixed , if they have bought the name and the depots surly the vans, the stock and the contents of the vans are the property of the adminstrator who should be trying to sale anything he can to pay of first the wages for Feb and then AW creditors remember all you guys that have been offered work will not get paid for another month if the firm crashes thats another months money
    also you may be driving vans that are not owned by the new company as driver you can be prosucreted by the police for driving without consent, no insurance and taking and driving away check first you have all had a lot of lies told you you dont need that as well

  16. Posted by john smith April 9, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    what do we do with the vans?

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