More than 20 staff have left the newly-merged damage restoration company Belfor-Relectronic, it has emerged.

The company's commercial director, Neal Courtney, had originally stated that 14 people had left as a result of the merger.

But he has now conceded that 15 former Relectronic-Remech and six Belfor staff have left. Of these 21 departures, 12 are redundancies.

Courtney denied that these staff had gone as a result of the merger, saying they had decided to leave for personal reasons.

“People who have resigned have decided they don't want to be in the disaster recovery business,” he claimed. “A lot of people find our industry a peculiar one to work in.”

Courtney said the company was now in “recruitment mode” and that three new branches would be opened this year, employing around 15 staff.

“At the very least it will be equal to the number of people who have been made redundant,” Courtney said.

Courtney maintained there was no discontent among Belfor-Relectronic staff. “Morale is very high at the moment, very high,” he said.