A Birmingham business owner has called off his retirement after failing in his efforts to give away his company to a redundant Longbridge worker.
Stan Hughes, aged 69, pledged to carry on working after talks with scores of would-be takers for his Newtown silk screen printing and engraving firm proved fruitless.
He was inundated with callers after it was revealed he was offering to give away his business to a redundant MG Rover worker, with training included.
But four months later Mr Hughes, who has run SJH Engraving since 1959, said he had failed to reach agreement to hand over the company, despite a flood of interest, and so would be carrying on working. "It's very disappointing," he said. "I must have seen 60 people since the original publicity and around 30 of those were from MG Rover at Longbridge.
"I wanted to help somebody who was unemployed but it just hasn't worked out.
"I was hoping to semi-retire but but it looks as though I am going to have to put any retirement plans on hold now."