York & North Yorkshire

Discover Leisure caravan staff face redundancy

More than 200 people are facing redundancy after one of the country's leading caravan retailers went into administration.

Discover Leisure, which has five branches across the north of England, said demand for leisure vehicles had declined rapidly since 2008.

KPMG were appointed as administrators on 14 October.

The company employs 260 staff at branches in York, Birtley, Delamere, Chorley and Darlington.

The firm, which also sells motor homes, shut 11 of its trading sites in 2009 during a financial restructuring.

Discover Leisure said it had sought new investment in order to keep trading but had failed.

Mark Firmin, KPMG's northern head of restructuring, said: "Discover has faced a difficult market over an extended period of time, with persistently depressed consumer demand for high-value discretionary items in particular.

"Whilst it is regrettable that we have had to close the dealerships over the weekend, we are working towards a solution to rescue some or all of the business."

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