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C&E Structures boss bankrupt

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Michael Hodgkinson, the co-owner and former director of C&E Structures, has filed for bankruptcy.

As Echonetdaily reported in September, Mr Hodgkinson’s building firm was cut loose from the GJ Gardner national franchise owing more than $500,000 to local tradespeople.

That amount is now estimated to be more than $800,000.

It appears local tradespeople – some of whom are owed tens of thousands of dollars each by the company – have no hope of getting their money back, as under bankruptcy law they must now cease any enforcement action.

Plumber Mick Offley has not seen any of the $20,000 he told Echonetdaily he was owed when the company went into liquidation. Other subcontractors told local media they are owed up to $55,000, with at least one having to lay off staff.

Mr Hodgkinson told Echonetdaily in September that he turned down an offer of $75,000 from Gardners to purchase the ailing franchise, saying it undervalued the business.

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