Historic Scotch whisky distillery faces closure

19th March, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

A 200-year-old Scotch whisky distillery could face closure as its parent company goes into liquidation.


The parent company of The Bladnoch Distillery – Scotland’s most southerly Scotch whisky distillery – has gone into liquidation

The Bladnoch Distillery and Visitor Centre – Scotland’s most southerly whisky distillery based near Wigtown – is currently closed until further notice.

It’s owner, Northern Ireland-based Co-ordinated Development Services, which bought the mothballed distillery from United Distillers in 1994, appointed accountants Ernst & Young as its official liquidator last week.

The chief executive of Co-ordinated Development Services, Raymond Armstrong, spent six years restoring the site, which began producing whisky again in 2000.

“I’m very sad about the way it has all ended, we didn’t want to sell,” he told ITV. “My wife and I have enjoyed our Scottish adventure. It has been a great challenge but we have enjoyed it.

“The staff are naturally worried about their jobs but they are a great and dedicated workforce and I see no reason why new owners wouldn’t keep them on.

“The company is profitable so I’m sure someone will want to buy it.”

Liquidators hope the distillery, which has eight employees, can be sold as a going concern. Ernst & Young claim handlers will be in touch with all stakeholders in the coming days.

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