Rob Ganley
Group editor

See other News articles filed in ‘Caravans’ written by Rob Ganley
   
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.

Share with friends

Follow us on

Most recent caravan reviews

The Practical Caravan Elddis Crusader Zephyr review – 1 - The exterior colour is called 'Champagne', but it is really a heathery brown, differentiating it from the blue of its Compass Camino 660 sister van (© Peter Baber/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Lunar Lexon 590 review – 1 - Flush-fitting windows, the sunroof, alloy wheels and the cantilever-action gas locker door all add a touch of class to the 590 (© Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Sprite Quattro DD review – 1 - This twin-axle from the 2017 range of Sprite caravans has an MTPLM of 1624kg (© Andy Jenkinson/Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Bailey Pursuit 560-5 review – 1 - The single front window may look budget-style to some, but we like the uncluttered view it provides from inside the van (© Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Compass Capiro 550 review – 1 - The new-for-2017 Compass Capiro 550 has a 1467kg MTPLM (© Practical Caravan)
The Practical Caravan Sterling Eccles 510 review – 1 - Sharp graphics and a carbonfibre-effect gas-locker lid give the Sterling a unique personality that distances it from its Swift Challenger sibling (© Practical Caravan)