- Despite winning numerous awards and welcoming millions of visitors through its doors, the current owners of the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre in Conwy are looking for a buyer in order to save the business
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The food centre has faced intense financial pressures over a significant period, and despite substantial efforts, it has found itself operating in an unsustainable manner, state the owners.
Michael and Caroline McLaren have remained heavily invested over the last six years, but they stress that they now have no option but to seek a buyer to help secure the future of the business. Over the course of the next month, the company will continue to trade while a purchaser is found through an “accelerated sales process”.
Bodnant Welsh Food Centre was established in 2012, and showcases quality Welsh food made by in-house specialists and local artisan producers.
Michael McLaren said, “We are devastated, despite our best efforts to be in this position, and are very sad indeed for our loyal staff whose jobs are now under threat. We fervently hope that someone can be found to take over the business and preserve the jobs of our staff, and the concept of exemplary Welsh food in the Conwy valley.
“We are immensely proud of what our staff and the business have achieved – they have given much pleasure to so many visitors, as well as winning numerous awards. We all take great pride in how much the Bodnant Welsh Food Centre has contributed to the local economy, employing an average of over 50 staff for more than six years. It is with deep sadness that we are now unable to keep funding the business, but we will certainly do all that we possibly can to try to find a buyer.”
Employees have been informed and are fully aware of the potential outcomes, but the company states they are committed to supporting the business while a purchaser is found.