Motorhome firm closes its doors

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THERE was another blow to employment in the Dearne this week after administrators were called in at an award-winning Mexborough business.

Bentley Motorhomes went into liquidation on Friday (August 17) according to a statement by the company’s administrators.

The 26 staff had already been made redundant.

Andrew Cordon and Richard Saville, of Begbies Traynor, were appointed as joint administrators of Bentley Motorhomes Ltd after a ‘significant reduction in sales’.

The company, which traded from Swinton Meadow Industrial Estate, last year had a turnover of £2.4 million.

The business was well known within the mobile home industry and has won awards for its innovation and design.

“It is particularly disappointing to be appointed to such a well run company and one that has an excellent reputation for the quality of its products,” said Andrew Cordon.

Mr Cordon said the market in which the company trades was extremely competitive

The recent poor weather, which has hit outdoor activity companies around the country has done little for sales.

The company directors and 110 creditors who were owed money by the company attended the meeting on Friday in Nottingham.

Mr Cordon said the company had already ceased trading, mothballed and locked up.

He told the Times that the deficit on the statement of affairs stood at £1.04 million, with £440,000 relating to loans taken out by the directors and not repaid.

Assets were minimal, with everything sold off beforehand and no vehicles were left on the premises.

Bentley Motorhomes won three major awards in the Caravan Club Design and Drive Awards 2011. The firm was well known for building custom-designed camper vans.

The company website said: “Our team have all won awards for design innovation, quality and aftercare throughout their careers - creating motorhomes and brands that have been lauded in the press and coveted by customers. We all have a lifetime of experience.”