Wren Kitchens owner Malcolm Healey has demanded millions of time off despite earning £ 75million – .

Wren Kitchens owner Malcolm Healey has demanded millions of time off despite earning £ 75million – .

A kitchen chain owned by a billionaire Tory donor has demanded millions of taxpayer-funded leave money while recording a record profit of £ 75million.
Malcolm Healey’s company Wren Kitchens has used public funds to finance its personnel costs during the Covid pandemic.

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That was even if he racked up tens of millions of pounds of pre-tax profits in his 2020 accounts, reports The Independent.

There is no suggestion that Healey’s business broke the rules.

Malcolm Healey, owner of Wren Kitchens

But Labor MP and Treasury Select Committee member Rushanara Ali said the use of the program went against the “whole mind” of it, calling it “immoral”.

Wren Kitchens received £ 15.5million in 2020 through the government’s job retention program, set up to help struggling businesses pay staff during the Covid-19 pandemic, his latest accounts show .

The kitchen maker, which has a store in St Andrews Quay, Hull, saw its pre-tax profit soar to £ 75.3million in the 12 months ending December 2020, from £ 65.1million the previous year.

The company was also criticized at the start of the pandemic last year by the Unite union – which has members at the company – for sacking hundreds of employees.

At the time, Wren said he “anticipated that there would be a reduction in economic activity due to the coronavirus and identified team members who were underperforming and took action to reduce its workforce accordingly ”.

Unite Regional Officer Mike Wilkinson said of the company’s leave requests: “Wren Kitchens’ gall is absolutely not surprising.

“Rot set in with Wren when they rushed to get rid of the showroom staff at the first lockdown puff.

“It’s no surprise that Wren, under the leadership of owner Malcolm Healey, is seizing the opportunity to use taxpayer dollars to subsidize his already enormous fortune. “

For each of the three months between January and March, Wren Kitchens Ltd claimed between £ 1,000,001 and £ 2.5million on leave, as well as between £ 250,001 and £ 500,000 in April.

During this period, the scheme paid 80 per cent of an employee’s salary on leave up to a cap of £ 2,500 per month. The company made no claims between May and August.

Wren Kitchens is a subsidiary of The West Retail Group Ltd, of which the ultimate controlling party is Malcolm Healey.

Malcolm and his brother Eddie, who died in August, were listed as worth £ 2.2bn on the Sunday Times’ latest rich list – a £ 200m increase in wealth from the previous year.

Malcolm Healey lives in the Warter Priory Estate near York, which he bought for £ 48million in 1998.

Healey also personally donated £ 500,000 to the Conservative Party in December 2020, following a £ 250,000 donation in June 2020.

This means that, according to Election Commission records, he has given the Tories more than £ 2.3million since 2017.

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