The family business is put into liquidation after more than 140 years of activity

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Huddersfield-based Bower & Child, which installed and serviced multi-fuel cookers and heaters, went out of business with a total of eight jobs lost.

The pandemic has had a significant impact on business operations as UK and global shutdowns have impacted supplier delivery schedules partly due to supply chain issues and logistics.

Managing this situation was becoming increasingly difficult and the company’s cash flow and turnover were “severely reduced”.

In a statement, the directors of the company, which had been in operation for more than 140 years, explained: “It is with very heavy hearts that we have had to accept that Bower and Child cannot continue to trade.

“The unfortunate events of the past two years have finally taken their toll and eroded all of our reserves, meaning the business can no longer maintain viability.

“We have followed the advice given to us by our advisors and have done our best to minimize the impact on our valued customers. It is a tragedy that such an old company had to cease operations under the shadow of these unprecedented times.”

The administrators have asked Charles Brook, a partner at Poppleton & Appleby, Huddersfield Chartered Insolvency Practitioners, to help with the liquidation process.

Brook said: “Bower & Child have a long and proud history in Huddersfield and the Districts and will be sadly missed by its many loyal customers who have been on good terms with the fitters and engineers for many years.

“Many small businesses in the UK are likely only two or three months of commercial weakness away from potential insolvency and, for businesses operating in specialist retail sectors as this business has done, this is especially true after the pandemic.

“Weakened demand and supply chain complications can quickly lead to cash flow problems and potentially unsustainable business losses.”

At a time yet to be confirmed, there will be an online auction of the company’s residual stock of cookers, cookers and accessories, managed on behalf of the liquidators proposed by Walker Singleton (asset Management) Ltd.

Creditors or customers with questions about orders, deposits or pending payments can contact Poppleton & Appleby on 01484 437432.

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