HUNDREDS of recruiters have answered a call to help 40 workers left jobless before Christmas after the former mayor of Wokingham's company folded.

Two days ago James Baxter, sales director at Millennium Business Systems (MBS), announced the IT and audiovisual reseller was closing its doors following a failed attempt to refinance.

The Ashville Way based company was set up by Danny Miller in 1986, the town mayor of Wokingham from 2004 to 2006.

Despite turning over £8m in 2016, the business started selling off excess inventory last week and told staff they would not be paid after an international finance company froze its accounts, according to industry publication Channel Web.

Posting on LinkedIn, Mr Baxter wrote: "To add to this, 18 days after trying to resolve this situation a well known £2billion distributor put a winding up order on us which forced the director's hand to take advice and, ultimately, call the administrators in.

"As expected, there is a lot going on at this point but my main concern right now lies with our 40 personnel and their families who, in this festive period just before Christmas, find themselves without work, through absolutely no fault of their own."

Mr Baxter asked that anybody able to provide his former colleagues with work opportunities contact him.

So far just shy of 300 posts have been made in response, many of them offering job leads.

Rosie Fletcher, former adwords manager at the company, wrote yesterday: "I want to say a massive thank you to all of those who have connected and contacted me since the news regarding MBS.

"I appreciate all the help and wish everyone good luck on their career search, and good luck to those from MBS who have already sailed or ready to set sail onto their next adventure.

"All the best to you all."

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MBS could not be contacted directly for comment.