Printers Butler Tanner and Dennis in administration

Butler Tanner and Dennis sign The company employs about 100 people

A printing and book binding company in Somerset is to go into administration, it has been announced.

A Butler Tanner and Dennis Ltd spokesman said "uncertainties, trading losses and prevailing market conditions" had led to the move.

Analysis

This news hasn't come as a huge shock to many of the people involved, but it doesn't mean there isn't a lot of anger and concern over the situation.

The company has been around for more than 160 years and during that time has become a huge part of Frome's history and heritage.

I've spoken to several workers following the announcement, whose main concern is where their futures will be.

The Chamber of Commerce and town council have both said they will help employees where they can, but the question many of the workers want answered is how a company which hails itself as the best printers in the UK, could fade away so quickly.

The firm employs about 100 people at the site in Frome but it is unclear how may jobs will be lost.

The company's maps division, which is on the same site, will be unaffected, the spokesman added.

Chief executive Gerald White said management had spent months considering the future of the business but had been "left with no option".

Administrators will take control from 23 May.

The firm was saved from closure in 2008 when it was bought out by publisher Felix Dennis for £500,000.

Peter Wheelhouse, of Frome Town Council, said: "We just hope that something can be done in the coming weeks to actually minimise the impact on staff, their families and the community at large."

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