by Arash Hekmat
A motorhome manufacturer has been forced to close its doors, blaming its failure on significantly reduced sales in recent months.
Mexborough-based Bentley Motorhomes has ceased trading, with 26 people losing their jobs as a result of the closure.
The company’s failure is made all the more shocking by its recent success – at the 2012 Caravan Club Awards, it picked up first and second place in the ‘Coachbuilts £45,00 to £55,000’ category for its Cerise and Amber models respectively.
It also won the top two spots in the ‘Coachbuilts over £55,000’ competition for its Oulton and Mallory models.
But this success was not enough to save the company with insolvency specialist Begbies Traynor blaming a downturn in sales for the failure.
Andrew Cordon, from the administrator’s Nottingham office, said: “It is particularly disappointing to be called into such a well-run company and one that has an excellent reputation for the quality of its products.”
Update: Bentley Motorhomes has now been saved from going bust, following a buyout by Vanmaster Caravans. For more information, click here.