Whiterigg Alpines out of administration

Britain's biggest alpine grower Whiterigg Alpines has come out of administration after 18 weeks of "hell".

Director Lee Wrigley said despite industry rumours, key staff at the garden centre supplier remained in place.

He added that after trading through administration, which began on 6 April, the Wrigley family had bought back the business on 10 August.

The Lancashire-based grower will now be a new company called Whiterigg Alpines UK.

Among Whiterigg's 550 garden centre customers remain Wyevale, Tillington, Dobbies, Klondyke, Squire's and Hillier.

Whiterigg supplies six million plants a year from two sites and employs 40 staff. Two sales representatives have moved on. Face-to-face contact will now be with merchandisers.

Wrigley added: "I'd like to thank customers for their support. We never stopped supplying, although stock was thin on the ground, but we're potting like crazy now."

 

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