Established in 1927, J Rotherham Masonry, a bespoke kitchen worktop manufacturer, has called in the administrators after it was unable to meet its financial obligations, due to "cash flow issues".

The fourth-generation company, based in East Yorkshire, specialised in bespoke stone fireplaces and kitchen worktops. Its website claims it was "the first company in the UK stone industry to introduce Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) technology in 1988 and were at the forefront of innovation once again when we installed the first seven axis stone working robot in 2008.

"More recently we have invested in several of the most advanced CNC router and saw machines and installed the world’s first robotic stone cutting line in 2017."

Howard Smith and David Costley-Wood from KPMG were appointed as Administrators.

According to KPMG, 205 employees have been made redundant across its head office at Holme-on-Spalding Moor and manufacturing facility at Market Weighton.

Twenty-five back office and production roles have been retained to support the administration process and complete existing orders while a buyer is sought for the business and its assets.

Howard Smith, joint Administrator and Associate Partner at KPMG, said: “J Rotherham has been delivering high quality stone masonry for more than four generations and has consistently invested in its manufacturing processes throughout its history. 

“While rising cost pressures and challenging trading conditions have led to the difficult decision of appointing administrators, it remains highly regarded by its peers and customers. As such, we are actively discussing the future of the business with a number of interested parties and hope to secure a positive outcome that will maintain the business in the area.”