End of an era as Barnstaple sales office and UK manufacturing sites close

Barnstaple Leaderflush Shapland employees have lost their jobs after administrator Deloitte announced the company was being wound up and would not reopening after the Christmas break.

It affects 23 people who worked at the door manufacturer's Queen Street sales office and brings to an end a history of more than 160 years in the town.

It also means the loss of almost 400 jobs at the company's Langley Mill and Mansfield manufacturing sites.

Its parent company Laidlaw Interiors Group Limited went into administration on December 18.

Joint administrators Richard Hawes and Clare Boardman of Deloitte announced the closure 'with regret' and said it had not been possible to find a buyer for the Leaderflush Shapland division.

"It is with regret that we announce the closure of Leaderflush Shapland today," said Mr Hawes.

"Despite the best efforts of the company, and ourselves, it was simply not possible to secure a buyer for this division.

"The group has been under financial pressure for some time, restructuring in 2014, and Leaderflush Shapland has suffered significant on-going losses making trading unsustainable."

They said all employees had been kept fully informed throughout the administration process, both before and during the annual Christmas shutdown. All have now been notified that the site will not reopen.