Holland Pies suspends director Neil Court-Johnson

The managing director of a prominent Lancashire-based meat pie-making company has been suspended from his position.

Neil Court-Johnson the managing director of Hollands Pies based in Accrington, part of the Northern Foods group has not been at his desk for the last ten days.

Court-Johnson, who took up his current role in 2008, has helped increase sales at the company by exporting abroad, entered into the halal market and increasing sales via the internet.

However Northern Foods had become concerned that Court-Johnson may have been discussing  with investors a possible management buyout of the company.

Northern Foods has indicated that it is satisfied with the current strong position of Holland Pies and no sale is planned.

In an official statement a spokesman for Northern Foods said: "We wouldn't comment on matters relating to individual employees.

"Holland's continues to operate as normal and, having been around for 160 years, the business is a team rather than about individual employees."

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