Rob Ganley
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WIGAN-BASED VANMASTER CARAVANS, manufacturer of premium tourers, went into administration yesterday (Monday 29 April 2013), we're saddened to report.

Unfortunately all 20 employees have been made redundant at Vanmaster and production of the caravans, and motorhomes under the company's Bentley Motorhomes brand, has halted at both of its manufacturing plants. Our thoughts are with those former employees at this difficult time.

WIGAN-BASED VANMASTER CARAVANS, manufacturer of premium tourers, went into administration yesterday (Monday 29 April 2013), we're saddened to report.

Unfortunately all 20 employees have been made redundant at Vanmaster and production of the caravans, and motorhomes under the company's Bentley Motorhomes brand, has halted at both of its manufacturing plants. Our thoughts are with those former employees at this difficult time.

We spoke to Tim Downs, spokesman for the administrators Geoffrey Martin & Co, to ask where customers stand if they bought a Vanmaster caravan.

Mr Downs said that anyone with outstanding deposits and orders, or with questions about warranties and servicing, should contact Geoffrey Martin & Co on 0113 244 5141.

A drop in orders, together with supplier issues, have been blamed for the current fate of Vanmaster. Under Lesley and Ian Thompson, Vanmaster specialised in making bespoke luxury caravans. It bought the Bentley Motorhomes brand last September.

The administrators have issued this statement:

Vanmaster Ltd statement 30.04.13

James Sleight and Geoffrey Martin of Geoffrey Martin & Co have been appointed as joint administrators of Vanmaster Ltd, which operates under the trading styles of Vanmaster Caravans and Bentley Motorhomes. The company employed 20 people on two sites in Wigan. All staff have been made redundant as ongoing production is not possible.

James Sleight, partner at Geoffrey Martin & Co, said: “The business entered administration due to a drop in orders and supplier issues which affected production. We are hopeful that a buyer can be found, as we believe that either or both businesses could be complementary to existing manufacturers or retailers.”

Anyone with outstanding deposits and orders, or with questions about warranties and servicing, should contact Geoffrey Martin & Co on 0113 244 5141.

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