Jobs set to go as Bredy Agricentre closes

Dealership jobs shock: Farming community rocked by closure

CLOSING: Bredy Agricentre in Dorchester

DISAPPOINTING: Stella Jones

SURPRISED: Tim Harries

BIG HOLE LEFT: Paul Gould

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

THE farming and business community has been rocked by the ‘shock’ closure of an agriculture machinery dealership.

Administrators have been appointed at Bredy Agricentre, which has its head offices in Dorchester, and have announced they intend to cease operations with immediate effect.

A desperate hunt is now on to find a buyer to step in so that the business, which is believed to have around 40 employees, can be saved.

Bredy, which also has a country store as well as offices in Dorchester, is based at Louds Mill in St George’s Road.

County chairman of the National Farmers Union Paul Gould said the news had come as a blow to the local farming community.

He said: “It’s a bit of a shock to the local industry.

“It just illustrates how tough things are and have been.

“We can only hope they can find a buyer.”

The company opened depots in Shaftesbury in 2012 and Stockbridge in Wiltshire in 2013.

Mr Gould said that the closure of Bredy would leave a ‘big hole’.

He added that his thoughts are with those employed at the company and he was also worried for farmers who sourced machinery from the firm that needed parts replacing.

News of the sudden demise of a major employer in the town has also rocked the Dorchester community.

Visitors to Bredy’s store at Dorchester were surprised to hear that staff couldn’t serve them as administrators were there.

Mayor of Dorchester Stella Jones added that it was disappointing to see a long established business in the county town hitting such troubled times. She said: “Hopefully somebody else will be able to come in and rescue it.

“It’s such a shame in the middle of an agricultural area when you are going to lose something like that.”

Town and district councillor Tim Harries said he was surprised to hear the news.

He said: “It has come as a nasty shock, it’s a comparatively big employer in the town.

“I’m sorry to hear it and wish all their employees well and have every sympathy for them.”

Mr Harries said that on the whole Dorchester’s economy was ‘thriving’ but added that even in good times sadly some companies can find themselves in trouble.

He said: “I think things are still on the up as a whole, it’s just a terrible shame for those particular people.”

A spokesman for administrators Deloitte confirmed that the firm had been appointed last Thursday.

The spokesman added: “The joint administrators, Robin Allen and Richard Hawes of Deloitte, intend to cease operations immediately whilst seeking a purchaser for the business and assets.”

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12:18pm Tue 15 Apr 14

banknote says...

Surely Stockbridge is in Hampshire?
Surely Stockbridge is in Hampshire? banknote
  • Score: 1

1:40pm Tue 15 Apr 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Knowledge of geography and Echo newsdesk - never the twain shall meet (:o))
Knowledge of geography and Echo newsdesk - never the twain shall meet (:o)) IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 1

2:12pm Tue 15 Apr 14

livid99 says...

Do Echo reporters get a bonus for using the word "Shock", or are they just shocked by everything ?
Do Echo reporters get a bonus for using the word "Shock", or are they just shocked by everything ? livid99
  • Score: 7

3:02pm Tue 15 Apr 14

dorset & proud says...

I think they have a department of shock, outrage & chaos.

Sad news, let's hope a buyer can be found and the jobs saved. We need all the local employment we can get.
I think they have a department of shock, outrage & chaos. Sad news, let's hope a buyer can be found and the jobs saved. We need all the local employment we can get. dorset & proud
  • Score: 10

7:22pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

I am SHOCKED and HORRIFIED ( insert usual grumpy/unsettled person picture ), at the HORRIFIC overuse of alarmist terminology to substitute the ABHORRENT standards of "Journalism". It is a HEINOUS and TERRORISING literary crime. It lacks any merit or worth, like so much media awards.

Oh the Humanity !!

Cupcake journalism, enjoy the decline.
I am SHOCKED and HORRIFIED ( insert usual grumpy/unsettled person picture ), at the HORRIFIC overuse of alarmist terminology to substitute the ABHORRENT standards of "Journalism". It is a HEINOUS and TERRORISING literary crime. It lacks any merit or worth, like so much media awards. Oh the Humanity !! Cupcake journalism, enjoy the decline. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 12

8:25pm Tue 15 Apr 14

breamoreboy says...

banknote wrote:
Surely Stockbridge is in Hampshire?
Didn't you feel the earthquake that moved it over the county boundary?
[quote][p][bold]banknote[/bold] wrote: Surely Stockbridge is in Hampshire?[/p][/quote]Didn't you feel the earthquake that moved it over the county boundary? breamoreboy
  • Score: 3

8:35pm Tue 15 Apr 14

breamoreboy says...

More jobs lost and what will be done about it? I suspect nothing much. The Conservatives won't give to Dorset as they've safe majorities across the whole county, so they've nothing to buy. The Lib Dems might give a few quid as they could get a few more votes. Labour are unlikely to bother, there's no way they'll ever make too much headway here, at least not in my lifetime. Oh, would I like to see some positive change. UKIP, Greens. Monster Raving Looney, I'm not too bothered, surely it'd be better than same old same old? Come to think about it, how about some genuine Independents, now there's a novel idea.
More jobs lost and what will be done about it? I suspect nothing much. The Conservatives won't give to Dorset as they've safe majorities across the whole county, so they've nothing to buy. The Lib Dems might give a few quid as they could get a few more votes. Labour are unlikely to bother, there's no way they'll ever make too much headway here, at least not in my lifetime. Oh, would I like to see some positive change. UKIP, Greens. Monster Raving Looney, I'm not too bothered, surely it'd be better than same old same old? Come to think about it, how about some genuine Independents, now there's a novel idea. breamoreboy
  • Score: 2

3:11pm Wed 16 Apr 14

pitgirl says...

Why do we always have the same inane comments about the Echo's reporting. Heres a novel idea....if you don't like it, don't read it !! In the mean time , have a little compassion for those losing their jobs .
Why do we always have the same inane comments about the Echo's reporting. Heres a novel idea....if you don't like it, don't read it !! In the mean time , have a little compassion for those losing their jobs . pitgirl
  • Score: 2

3:18pm Wed 16 Apr 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

pitgirl asks...
Why do we always have the same comments about the Echo's reporting.

Answer - In the hope that shame will cause them to act like professional journalists and not the rank amateurs that they appear to be, writing articles with poor spelling, bad grammar and sometimes even a lack of knowledge of the geography of the local area!
pitgirl asks... Why do we always have the same comments about the Echo's reporting. Answer - In the hope that shame will cause them to act like professional journalists and not the rank amateurs that they appear to be, writing articles with poor spelling, bad grammar and sometimes even a lack of knowledge of the geography of the local area! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 1

10:34am Thu 17 Apr 14

FROOMITE says...

I believe the company will be saved by local businessmen, lets hope so!
I believe the company will be saved by local businessmen, lets hope so! FROOMITE
  • Score: 2

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