Directors consider future of Patisserie UK
20 February, 2009
The future of Patisserie UK’s place within Lees Foods’ group of companies has been put into question by directors, following a “disappointing” performance in 2008.
According to a trading update, Patisserie UK suffered due to the loss of “a major customer” last year. Directors were said to be considering Patisserie UK’s future within the Lees Group and will make an announcement regarding its future in due course.Patisserie UK was formed in 1994 and is a bespoke manufacturer of coffee shop round cakes, loaf and tray cakes, desserts and biscuits.Meanwhile, the group’s other subsidiaries – Lees of Scotland and Waverley Bakery – achieved record sales turnover last year.The Scotland-based confectionery and cake manufacturers’ trading update for the year, ended 31 December, stated sales for Waverley Bakery and Lees of Scotland were “in line with expectations”. However, its net profit was down due to the administration of Woolworths in the UK. “We have had to make a full provision for a bad debt, the net effect of which is £69,000,” read the statement.The company said the group continues to have strong cash flow generation, due to a reduction in net bank debt from the previous year.