Blackdown Hills enters administration

13-08-2018 | |
Photo: Jan Willem Schouten
Photo: Jan Willem Schouten

Troubled egg packer Blackdown Hills Enterprises Limited has formally entered administration, after ceasing to trade at the end of July.

The company, which in its latest financial results posted a turnover of £11.1m and employed 18 people was based in Chard, Somerset, and traded nationally.

Significant losses

The administrators, Mazars, said a proposed sale of the business had fallen through. It also cited low egg prices creating cashflow difficulties and “significant” losses being incurred as a result.

Blackdown was supplied by some 17 farms on contract, most of whom are understood to have found alternative arrangements for their egg.

It leaves the company’s core assets for sale, which include an egg grading, packing and distribution centre with office, a grading and packing line with 170 cases per hour capacity (30 dozen eggs per case), 3 hen sheds (c6,000, c6,000 and c16,000 capacities respectively) with associated equipment, a cleaning shed, a storage shed, plant and equipment, vehicles, a customer list, it’s trading name, goodwill/ intellectual property and website.

Family business

Mike Field of Mazars LLP said “It is sad to see a business like Blackdown Hills Enterprises Limited fail as it is a family business that has successfully traded for many years and become a known brand in its market.

“External factors has impacted this business which has, in recent years, developed a state of the art egg grading, packing and distribution centre in the heart of Somerset.

“Unfortunately, given a very significant drop off in trade in recent months, the company has run out of cash and the Directors had to make the difficult decision to enter administration to prevent the position for creditors worsening. The administrators are currently seeking a buyer for the business and assets and would welcome offers from any interested parties at this time.”

Jake Davies Freelance Journalist