Caithness Crystal in King’s Lynn closes with 15 job losses

The Caithness Crystal Visitor Centre, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Caithness Crystal Visitor Centre, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

West Norfolk glassmaker and visitor attraction Caithness Crystal confirmed this morning it was closing.

The Caithness Crystal Visitor Centre, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Caithness Crystal Visitor Centre, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

As well as struggling in the recession, other factors including the major roadworks to the Hardwick Roundabout which affected traffic flows, were stated as reasons for its closure.

The statement said: 'It is with regret that the directors have had to take the decision to close Caithness Crystal (King's Lynn) Limited which has been associated with King's Lynn for many years.

'The Company provides an attraction to both tourists and locals by way of a glassmaking experience, a restaurant and a gift shop.

'The business has struggled since the recession and also other factors such as the major roadworks to the Hardwick Roundabout which also affected traffic flows, and consequently visitor numbers which have never recovered.'


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It added that increased competition from national and other local retailers and changing buying habits 'resulted in the business not being able to cover overheads from the expected sales levels'.

Fifteen members of staff have been made redundant and administrators have been called in.

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Adrian Allen of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP said that his firm are assisting the staff in dealing with the consequences of the Company's failure.

'Any interest in the Company's business or assets, in whole or in part, should be directed to Andy Nalliah of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP on 01733 260780,' he said.

There will be a closing down sale from January 28 until January 31, 10am to 4pm.

And an online auction of business assets, catering, glassblowing, shop fittings and balance of remaining stock will be held on February 3-4. Viewing will take place during the closing down sale.

Contact George Hazell & Co for more information on the auction. www.hazell.co.uk

•How do you feel about the closure of Caithness Crystal? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk or leave your comments below.

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