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Broach Hill closes following difficult periods

Following the sudden closure of Broach Hill in Hutton Cranswick, the Driffield & Wolds Weekly can confirm that 30 employees were made redundant, with reasons given for the sudden closure including ‘costs of living crisis’ and ‘trading not recovering to pre-pandemic levels’.

Broach Hill ceased trading on Friday 5th August, with administrators being called in.

Broach Hill operated as a franchised car dealership (MG and SsangYong), service centre and vehicle body shop. It had been trading as a family business for almost 50 years.

Since the pandemic the business has been up and down, but with rising costs in recent months we realised it was not sustainable.

angela good

Administrators were called in after the operation was significantly impacted by a myriad of trading conditions including the costs of living crisis, supply chain issues and COVID-19.

Sean Williams and Richard Pinder of Leonard Curtis were appointed joint administrators of Broach Hill Garage Limited last Tuesday (16th August).

“Unfortunately trading just could not recover to pre-pandemic levels,” said Sean.

He added that the operation had also been hit by the worldwide microchip shortage.

“This caused significant delays in the manufacture and supply of new vehicles and there were issues with used vehicle sales, which had also gone into decline in recent periods,” he said.

The notice of intention to appoint administrators was filed at court on 4th August and the company ceased trading the following day with all 30 employees made redundant.

Angela Good, who started the business in 1972 with her late husband Tony, said: “Since the pandemic the business has been up and down, but with rising costs in recent months we realised it was not sustainable.

“If you add this to the loss of a major franchise agreement in 2018 – after 38 years – and subsequently the replacement dealership agreement serving notice to terminate due to franchise boundary changes, it’s all taken its toll.”

On employees Angela said they had been very supportive of the family in spite of the circumstances.

She said: “We have had some amazing people working for us who we are certain will continue to thrive in the future and we wish them well.”

She also had a special word for the garage’s many loyal customers over 50 years.

She added: “We would like to thank all our customers old and new, who have become part of our lives and given us the opportunity to serve them.”

The joint administrators are currently responding to offers in respect of plant, machinery and assets at the site and invite interested parties to contact them directly at melissa.smithers@leonardcurtis.co.uk

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