Vale of Mowbray enters administration due to rising costs 

Vale of Mowbray enters administration due to rising costs 

Pie-maker Vale of Mowbray has entered administration after experiencing “significant financial challenges” due to increasing energy and material costs, says appointed administrators FRP.

Based in Leeming Bar, North Yorkshire, the business started as a brewery in 1725 and began making pork pies in 1928. News of the company’s collapse follows an announcement by management in May 2022 of a £4 million investment in new machinery and an expansion of its existing portfolio.

Business advisory firm FRP was appointed as administrator to the family-owned business on 28th September 2022.

On appointment of administrators, 171 jobs were made redundant out of the total 219 staff employed, and the remaining staff have been retained over the “short term”, as the administrators “wind up the operations of the business.” 

The administrators added that the business had been facing challenges against rising raw material input prices, increasing energy costs and sector-wide recruitment challenges.

Due to the company’s conducted investment marketing process “not attracting any viable offers”, its directors have appointed administrators and closed the business.

Partner at FRP and joint administrator of Vale of Mowbray Martyn Pullin said: “The increasingly difficult trading conditions being experienced by many energy and labour-intensive manufacturing businesses has ultimately led to the business’ closure.”

He added that FRP are urgently calling on any interested parties to come forward. 

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