Horticultural seed packet printer goes into administration

Printer Dobson & Crowther has fallen into adminstration - the Llangollen, North Wales company is the leading seed packet printer in the UK.

Christopher Ratten and Lindsey Cooper of Baket Tilly Restructuring and Recovery are joint administrators.

The company, which turned over £8.9m in 2013, was hit by the administration of Paperlinx, its largest supplier. It also blamed "challenges in the envelope market" and a weather-related slowdown in its horticultural market.

Mr Fothergill's Seeds commercial director Tim Jeffries said: "D&C have printed our packets. Very sad to see such a good supplier go into administration - full of excellent and supportive people.

"We have been working on alternative supplies for a while and also have plenty of packet stocks. Our packet printing business is being picked up elsewhere and our trade customers will not see an interruption of supplies."

Thompson & Morgan managing director Paul Hansord said: "Dobson & Crowther does produce a percentage of our seed packets, but we also work with several other print companies as we require such a high volume to meet customer demand, which will allow us to transfer outstanding work if needs be to ensure an unbroken supply of our retail and mail order seed. It’s a real shame to see this happen to a company that always provided us with a quality service and we hope they can resolve the issues to carry on trading in some form or other."

Suttons Seeds said: "We are obviously very sorry to see a long standing supplier in trouble. But we do however have alternative suppleirs both here and in Europe."

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