Neil Gostelow and Will Wright from Interpath Advisory were appointed joint administrators to JC Rook and Sons Limited on 14 March 2022.
The family-owned butcher traded from 11 retail stores across East and Mid Kent, as well as operating a Food Standards Agency approved production and distribution facility in Ramsgate and a food service facility in Shoreham.
The Company suffered trading losses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, primarily due to constraints from lockdown closures which were then exacerbated further through the Omicron variant in late 2021 during what would be their peak season in the run up to Christmas. The directors concluded that with the deteriorating trading position, the Company would need to go through an insolvency process.
Following legal advice, the directors made the decision to close all 11 stores before the appointment of the joint administrators. Operations at the production facility in Ramsgate also ceased.
Regrettably, with trade ceasing, the majority of the Company’s 155 employees have been made redundant, with the joint administrators retaining a small number of staff to assist them with the administration process.
Neil Gostelow, managing director at Interpath and joint administrator, said: “JC Rook and Sons was a well-established and well-respected family business that had been operating across Kent for over 50 years. Sadly, the impact of the pandemic on trading meant that the directors had to take the difficult decision to place the Company into administration. Our immediate priority is to assist those members of staff who have been made redundant, providing them with the information they need to be able to make claims from the Redundancy Payments Office.”