Future of bakery still up in the air

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WORKERS at Woodhead the Bakers are still in the dark about their future after administrators failed to deliver an announcement.

Administrators, called in to take over the family run firm nearly two weeks ago, promised news about the future of the company would be revealed yesterday.

However, as office hours drew to a close there was no sign of any announcement.

Speaking to the Evening News yesterday a spokeswoman for Northern Lights PR, acting on behalf of administrators P&A Partnership, said: “We had been told last week to expect an announcement today, however we have not heard anything.

“We have no idea when an announcement is likely to be made, we will just have to wait.”

Workers have been facing an uncertain future after Woodhead was placed in to administration on Wednesday March 30.

Thirty jobs were axed immediately with the remaining 280 positions hanging in the balance. Administrators have seen been trying to find a buyer for the company, which has been operating in Scarborough for 74 years.

They have not hinted as to how negotiations have progressed over the last fortnight, although Newcastle-based Greggs and Scarborough bakers Cooplands were both linked with a move for the business, or part of it. Some parts of the business will be considered more profitable than others. Administrators said rises in wheat prices and tough conditions on the high street were to blame for the demise of Woodhead.

The immediate redundancies were based at the firm’s Scarborough factory in Beaconsfield Street, which supplies 30 Woodhead shops in the North, including eight in Scarborough.

The remaining staff have continued to work over the two weeks to try and keep the shops operational while administrators tried to line up a takeover.

Woodhead the Bakers was founded by Harold Woodhead and his brother George in 1937 at premises in Newlands Park Drive, with the company’s first offering being delivered on the back of a tricycle.

The firm grew over the decades to include a headquarters and factory in Beaconsfield Street, and 30 shops which can be found in Scarborough, York, Hull, Beverley, Malton and more.

The company also supplies national supermarket chain Morrisons and Scarborough run Proudfoot stores.