More than 200 jobs go as Devon toiletries company folds

Broad Oak Toiletries
Image caption Broad Oak Toiletries Ltd has ceased trading

More than 200 people have lost their jobs after a Devon toiletries company confirmed it has closed.

Broad Oak Toiletries Ltd, based in Tiverton, manufactured toiletries and health and beauty products, employing 214 staff.

A spokesperson said the company had ceased to trade immediately after a deal fell through to sell the business.

Capacity issues at its Tiverton plant were also blamed.

One employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "I am so scared for the future now. We haven't been paid for January and are worried any new buyer will take it on without honouring the debts."

In a statement the company said: "Regrettably it has been necessary to effect the redundancies of all employees."

Administrators said: "The company exhausted all possible options to continue to trade and, ultimately, in the absence of a buyer of the business as a going concern, it was forced to cease to trade and unfortunately all employees have been made redundant."

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