A well-known Cheshire attraction Stockley Farm has gone into administration, putting 100 jobs and the future of the business at risk.
Stockley Farm specialises in arable and dairy goods, and also operates as an open farm. It is set in almost 700 acres in Northwich close to junction 9 of the M56, It has been opened to the general public since 1987.
“We are currently assessing the business’ financial position to ascertain which parts of it can be saved. The farm is a well-known local attraction and has won several awards and accreditations for the great work it has carried out in the community. We will be working closely with the partners and stakeholders to achieve a positive outcome for all.
“While the position is being assessed, regrettably a small number of the casual workforce will not be continuing with the business moving forward. We would encourage any parties with an interest in the business to contact us as soon as possible.”
The business has suffered in recent times because of reducing profit margins, together with ongoing investment required for general maintenance on the farm. Consequently, legal action was taken by a creditor and the partners had proposed a voluntary arrangement.
This proposal was rejected and, as a result, the partners and other stakeholders took the necessary steps to protect the company. This led to the appointment of the administrators.