Jobs lost as Blackpool head-quartered meat specialist collapses

Clifton Quality Meats has ceased trading after being affected by trading difficulties and adverse currency movements following the Brexit referendum.

The business was a collaboration between two family businesses which can trace its roots back more than 100 years.

It evolved from a chain of traditional butchers shops to a network of catering units, purpose built to ensure hygiene and reliable delivery.

Headquartered in Blackpool, where the company traded from three locations as well as a site in Wakefield, the business had annual sales of £10m and employed about 80.

FDMB North West understands that in recent months they had encountered trading difficulties which were exacerbated by the recent good weather, impacting lamb weights. In addition, adverse currency movements following the Brexit referendum increased import costs significantly.

A spokesman for the joint administrators Grant Thornton LLP said: “CQM suffered multiple challenges in recent months and, despite continued support from other group companies, the directors were left with no alternative but to place the business into administration.

“All staff, who had been laid-off prior to our appointment, were made redundant on the 24 August 2018. We understand that a significant number of those affected have found alternative employment in the local area.”