Anger over company liquidation
A well-known business in Ryedale has gone into liquidation and owes thousands of pounds to other local businesses.
Yorkshire Lavender, based near Terrington, appointed a liquidator last month owing more than £1million.
However, the attraction, which includes a teahouse and shop, is now marketed as Lavender World.
A letter sent to creditors says that in July Yorkshire Lavender Ltd sold its assets to Barnby Holdings Ltd. Samuel Goodwill and Emma Waddington are appointed directors of both companies.
Local business owners who are among 60 trade and expense creditors who collectively owed Yorkshire Lavender more than £1million said they felt angry and disappointed.
Cozy Cottage Soap, a sustainable soap manufacturing company based in Malton, is listed as being liable for £870.14 after producing a batch of 800 soaps for Yorkshire Lavender.
Clara Challoner Walker, who runs Cozy Cottage Soaps, said Yorkshire Lavender told her her bill would be paid the day after she went into liquidation.
“I heard absolutely nothing after that,” she said.
She said her husband had gone to Yorkshire Lavender to collect their stock, but discovered on arrival that there were only 40 soaps left of the initial 800.
“I issued a credit note for the 40s which brought the bill down from around £1000 to around £800. But then there was complete silence again.
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The company also owes Ryedale District Council £13,413, HMRC VAT £85,000 and HMRC PAYE £65,000.
Christie Shephard, secretary of Dales of Malton, who owes £5,445, said it was hugely disappointing.
“Everyone has struggled over the last two years and is slowly recovering their way, so it’s not helpful.
“As a company, our goal has always been to keep the money flowing so everyone can keep getting better rather than sinking.
“It is extremely disappointing that this has happened and that we have not received any response from the company.”
A spokesman for the liquidators, William Duncan, said: “Prior to liquidation, the company agreed to sell the business and company assets to a related company in an agreement which meant that all employees kept their jobs. The liquidator will review this transaction during the liquidation.
The spokesperson added: “We are unable to make any predictions on the likely return of ordinary creditors at this time as investigations have just begun.”
Yorkshire Lavender did not respond to the Gazette & Herald when asked for a response.
However, the Lavender World website, said: “We are a close family business currently in our second generation.
“We are based on our natural lavender farm in the North Yorkshire countryside and as a dedicated family team we run LavenderWorld, which grew out of Yorkshire Lavender, the popular local attraction started by our father.
“We have always understood the importance of quality, sustainability, environmental awareness and naturally beautiful products.
“Our passion for these products has prompted us to bring the items we find that meet these criteria to our website, so that we can share them with you.
“We may be growing in size, but our local values remain and that’s why every customer experience is important to us. We want you to receive not only the best products, but also the best service.
In 1993 Nigel Goodwill bought the land now occupied by Yorkshire Lavender as an investment after his wife Lynne died of breast cancer.
The business has become a family project for Mr Goodwill and his children Sam and Emma Jane.