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221-year-old saddle maker in administration 20 June 2014

A Walsall-based manufacturer of hand-made saddles that has been in business for 221 years has entered administration, resulting in 26 redundancies.

Jabez Cliff Limited, known for the Barnsby brand, entered administraton following unsuccessful attempts to restructure the business and a lack of international sale opportunities.

The company held a Royal Warrant as a supplier to the Queen, as well counting The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, The Household Cavalry and many elite equestrian riders as clients.

Andy McGill, partner at Smith & Williamson LLP, was appointed as administrator to the company.

McGill said: “The directors have worked very hard during the last six months to try and turn the business around. It had been hoped that it might be possible to boost international sales but unfortunately market conditions have proved too tough and opportunities have not matched their expectations.

“It is always extremely sad to see a heritage brand such as Barnsby endure such difficulties. I hope that the strength and reputation of the brand will generate interest to ensure that the Barnsby name continues as an important part of the equestrian market.

“We are working to sell the assets of the business, including the respected Barnsby brand, in order to maximise the realisation for creditors including employees.”

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