Northern Counties in administration
A north-east meat processing company that supplies supermarkets and high street butchers has been put in administration with the loss of 65 jobs.
A North-East meat processing company that supplies supermarkets and high street butchers has been put in administration.
Northern Counties Meat Ltd, which has a turnover of £12m employed 65 people at its plant in Hendon, Sunderland, and was one of the largest independent processors and suppliers in the region. It supplied companies such as Danish Bacon and Booker Cash and Carry.
Production has stopped and all 65 jobs have been lost, though most of these were before the company went into administration.
Mark Firmin and Howard Smith of KPMG Restructuring were appointed joint administrators on 19 February.
Firmin said: "Northern Counties Meat was one of the leading independent meat processors in the area with £12 million turnover, and fully equipped freehold factory in Sunderland so represents an exciting opportunity in a fragmented sector."
It is just over a year since managing director Paul Taylor bought the business from a number of retiring shareholders in the hopes of securing the company's future.
Taylor said at the time he had made the company 50% more efficient by closing the abattoir and consolodating operations as well as developing more added-value products.
Northern Counties Meat was founded in 1990 following a management buy-out from a division of food production company, Hillsdown Holdings.
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