A HOUSEHOLD and beauty products firm has gone into administration, with 140 jobs at risk – 69 of them in Accrington.
Kleeneze, which has thousands of distributors, has ceased trading today after specialist business advisory firm FRP Advisory LLP were called in.
The firm, which began trading in 1923 as a direct sales organisation, sells and distributes a wide range of household and beauty products through an active network of around 5000 independent self-employed sales distributors across the UK and Republic of Ireland. 
It employs 69 people at its head office in Accrington and a further 71 at its warehouse in Heywood. 
Usdaw, the trade union for Kleeneze staff, is seeking urgent meetings with the administrators in a bid to protect its members’ jobs.
Annette Bott, Usdaw Area Organisers, says: “This is clearly a difficult and upsetting time for the 140 staff based in Accrington and Heywood. We are pressing the administrators to find a buyer for the company who will protect jobs and keep the business going. In the meantime, we are providing our members with the support, advice and representation they need.”
Joint Administrator David Acland said: “Kleeneze has performed well over the years and has a strong network of independent sales distributors. 
“Unfortunately, tough trading conditions have resulted in the business entering administration.
“The business has ceased to trade but we would urge any parties interested in acquiring the business to contact us as soon as possible. In the meantime, we are assisting employees and stakeholders during this difficult period.”
Hyndburn MP Graham Jones, said: “It’s very worrying and my concern are with the families that are affected.
“This is a well-established company and I would expect the job centre to provide all the support needed for the workers during what is a very difficult time.
“I will more than happy to write to the company to find out what has happened and what can be done to mitigate the impact of any job losses.
“I hope a buyer can be found so that the staff and the distributors can continue top do their jobs.”
Interested parties should contact enquiries@kleeneze.co.uk.
Any suppliers or distributors with any questions should email information@kleeneze.co.uk.