A FAMILY-run caravan business has entered administration, it has now been confirmed. 

Administrators from DL Partnership have been appointed over Dickinson Caravans Ltd,  which was based on Canal Road and ceased trading at the end of last month. 

The firm was established more than 40 years ago and remained family-run throughout.

Joint administrator Sarah Long said: “The family have worked tirelessly to stave off this day however the business suffered due to challenging trading conditions. 

"To protect customers and suppliers the directors took the difficult, but necessary, decision to cease trading prior to our appointment. 

"We are now actively marketing the assets for sale and have appointed Walker Singleton as our agents to assist us.”

Howard Eastwood, Director in the Machinery & Business Assets Department at Walker Singleton, added: “The business offered a complete service to customers from sales of new and used caravans and accessories through to an equipped service workshop.

"We are currently preparing an auction sale of the assets that will take place over forthcoming weeks.”

He added “It is perhaps a reflection of the respect and recognition within the industry that we have already been contacted by several parties wanting to explore acquisition of property, stocks and aspects of the trading brand.

"Open marketing will ensure transparency and that fullest value for the creditors is recovered.”