Printers hit by hotel administration

AN Ipswich printing company is counting the cost of the recession today after a hotel chain went into administration.

AN Ipswich printing company is counting the cost of the recession today after a hotel chain went into administration.

Five Castles Press is owed more than �3,700 by Brentwood Hotels Ltd, which owns Ipswich's Belstead Brook Hotel.

But the printing firm fears it will not get a penny back because administrators are now running the hotel company, and have not been able to guarantee all creditors will be paid.

John Cocker, sales director of Five Castles Press, said: “It doesn't seem like we will get any of it back and it has left us out of pocket. It has come out of the blue.

“The industry is in a hard enough state anyway, so this is another blow.”

Five Castles Press printed two wedding brochures for the company, one for the Belstead Brook Hotel and one for the Churchgate Hotel in Harlow, in May.

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Smith & Williamson, the firm appointed as administrators of Brentwood Hotels Ltd, has pledged that all booked events, including weddings, will go ahead for now at its hotels, apart from at the Swallow Hotel in Stockton-on-Tees, near Middlesbrough, which has closed.

A spokeswoman for the company said there were currently no plans to close the Belstead Brook and it was “business as usual” for now.

However she said was too early to say if creditors would get their money back.

The three-star Belstead Brook has had an eventful history in the 21 years since it was sold by the Hatfield family having undergone an estimated ten changes of ownership or management during that time.

Have you lost out after a firm went into administration? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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