100 jobs go at plant suppliers

Almost 100 workers have lost their jobs after the appointment of administrators at a Fens based supplier of plants and flowers to the UK's major supermarkets.

Almost 100 workers have lost their jobs after the appointment of administrators at a Fens based supplier of plants and flowers to the UK's major supermarkets.

A total of 98 staff have been made redundant after Terrington St Clement based Suttons Horticulture and its Lincolnshire based subsidiary PA Moerman went into administration.

Just 31 staff have been retained as administrators Grant Thornton look to sell the businesses as going concerns.

Suttons has been one of West Norfolk's fastest growing businesses, supplying around 16m plants a year to supermarkets such as Sainsbury's, Morrisons and the Co-op.

In 2006 it was named as best manufacturing business in the West Norfolk Mayor's Awards for business achievement and in 2004 named as one of the UK's fastest growing companies in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.

The company has been looking to redevelop its Terrington site for houses, but has been refused planning permission for the site.

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A spokesman for administrator Grant Thornton said: “Grant Thornton has been appointed joint administrative receivers of Sutton Horticulture Limited and PA Moerman. We are continuing to trade the business and look to sell it as a going concern.”

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