More than 160 job losses at Bristol farm equipment firm

More than 160 people have been made redundant after an agricultural equipment supplier went into administration.

Bristol-based MGL Distribution, which trades as McArthur, operated offices and depots in Birmingham, Plymouth, Newcastle, Glasgow and Elgin.

The business supplied products for farmers including feed equipment, water troughs and cattle crushes.

Accountancy firm FRP Advisory described the closure as "deeply regrettable".

It said it was called in after the firm continued to struggle in difficult trading conditions following a financial restructuring effort.

The firm took the decision to cease trading, resulting in the immediate redundancies of 162 of the 183 staff.

FRP partner Andrew Sheridan said: "It goes without saying that it is sad and deeply regrettable for a business with such a long and successful trading heritage, with operations throughout the UK, to have to cease trading and close its doors."

Seventy redundancies have been made in Bristol, 42 in Birmingham, 19 at Coatbridge near Glasgow, nine at Elgin, and 11 at both Newcastle and Plymouth.

The remaining staff have been kept on to assist with the closure process.

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