The owner of a defunct floor fitting company has left a widow out-of-pocket after failing to deliver her new flooring.

Allfloors Huddersfield Ltd is believed to have owed other customers hundreds of pounds for incomplete work when it collapsed.

The company's former owner Gary Connor had promised to repay them by the end of last week - but he failed to deliver.

Allfloors Huddersfield Ltd folded on July 1 when Connor’s directorship of the Slaithwaite-based company was terminated.

Connor took a £300 ‘deposit’ from widow Margaret Moult to lay wooden floors in her Linthwaite home.

But Connor failed to deliver after the money was paid in February – and he is yet to refund Mrs Moult.

Mrs Moult, 67, said she was presented with a string of excuses from Connor who blamed ‘shareholders’ and his ‘accountant’ for failing to refund her.

Connor, who declared himself insolvent two years ago, ran Allfloors alone since December 2013.

Margaret Moult of Linthwaite with a receipt from Gary Connor.
Margaret Moult of Linthwaite with a receipt from Gary Connor.
 

Mrs Moult said: “It’s despicable.

“My husband worked hard for that money. It’s not the amount, but how dare he keep my money?

“I just wanted to keep the business in the community.”

Records show Connor and companies he ran have at least eight county court judgements against them for almost £19,000 of unpaid debts dating back to 2009.

This includes an unpaid debt of £3,806 owed by Allfloors Huddersfield Ltd.

Last week Connor promised to repay customers to whom he owed money ‘by the end of the week’.

One such customer is Stefan Fields who is still waiting for a £640 refund after Connor failed to deliver him a carpet for his living room and lino for his utility room.

Mr Fields, of Slaithwaite, said: “He hasn’t paid me back but I didn’t expect any different.”

Several of Connor’s former customers have taken to Facebook to air their concerns.

Heather McErlain said: “I, and from the sounds of it many others, have given this person many chances, and he has continued to let people down.

“I was fortunate in that the money I handed over in good faith wasn’t much (£50) and my persistence and inability to back down meant I got my money back.

“It was a fully frustrating situation and I really feel for those that have been left with an unresolved situation and out of pocket.”

The Examiner contacted Mr Connor.

He failed to respond.

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