ADMINISTRATORS have been called in at a well-established Bolton double glazing firm.

But insolvency experts are remaining tight-lipped over whether jobs are currently at risk at Horwich-based Grosvenor Windows — or if it can be sold on as a going concern.

Councillors in Horwich have expressed surprise that the Crown Lane outfit, which celebrated its 40th anniversary three years ago and also built conservatories and orangeries, had encountered difficulties.

Staff at the Lodge Bank Estate company are understood to have been briefed on what their future might hold in a meeting yesterday.

An official notification of the administration was confirmed by the Business and Property Court in Manchester, which is part of the High Court, on November 5.

This named Chorley New Road based Cowgill Business Recovery as handling the ongoing process for Grosvenor, which had made its name as a fabricator for Burnley UPVC giants Veka.

Joint administrators Jason Elliott, Craig Johns and Nick Brierley and the company were both unavailable for comment last night when approached by The Bolton News.

Cllr Kevin McKeon, who represents the Horwich North East ward on Bolton Council, said: “I will be concerned if anyone is made redundant as a result of this, especially coming so close to Christmas, which presents its own financial challenges.”

Peter Mills founded the firm as Aluminium Conversions in 1975, before the company expanded and took on new premises in Grosvenor Street, Bolton.

The Grosvenor Windows name came about later, when the industry switched from aluminium to UPVC frames, with the growing business switching to a purpose-built factory in Manchester Road before relocating to their current Horwich home in 2002, where they established one of the largest indoor showrooms in the region.

More recently the company has remained in the same family with Dominic Mills as managing director. He was named the controlling interest there in August, in preference to another firm where he is a director, Mills Properties (NW).