Bakers have complained to British Baker about problems with Lancashire bio mass wood pellet oven specialist Bakewell Ovens Ltd, which went into administration last September. One craft baker said he had bought a bio mass wood pellet burning oven from Bakewell Ovens, which had broken down repeatedly, and attempted repairs had been unsatisfactory. He said: "Each day the oven does not work costs me £500 in lost earnings. I reckon it has cost me £50,000 so far."
Bakewell Ovens director Colin Jones told British Baker that one dissatisfied customer was making trouble for the company and that he had good relations with everyone else he dealt with.
Bakewell Ovens Ltd, previously known as P&R Bakery Services Ltd and Quayside Motor Company Ltd, appointed administrator Leonard Curtis on 25 September, after filing a notice of intention to do so on 10 September. Leonard Curtis sold the business and its assets for £15,000 to Bakewell Ovens UK Ltd, which was incorporated on 17 September 2009 and of which Colin Jones is also a director.
They blamed "a general downturn in the economy and a lack of demand for the product during 2009" for their client’s difficulties. Creditors were owed £112,858.90, including just under £50,000 owed to HM Revenue & Customs. Colin Jones said Bakewell Ovens Ltd had sold six ovens and Bakewell Ovens UK Ltd had sold a further five, with a major supermarket chain now interested.