Administrators say the AC Skelton & Sons bakery business will continue to operate as normal as a search for a buyer gets under way.Hull-based Skeltons, which has 43 shops, called in administrators on March 27, blaming supermarket competition and a recent significant increase in energy costs.Adminstrators Mark Loftus and Edward Klempka of PricewaterhouseCoopers said that following six years of continuous trading losses, the directors had no alternative but to appoint administrators.The administrators said they expect it will take four to six weeks to find a buyer. Until that time, all employees and suppliers will be paid in full on the normal dates.Skeltons employs around 670 people at its bakery and in 43 retail outlets, including eight cafés in Hull. The company also supplies a range of contract products to supermarkets, airlines and foodservice customers – a side it added to its business in 1999.Skeltons, founded in 1931, was ranked number 24 in British Baker’s Top 50 Bakery Retailers list, published in January. Speaking to British Baker before the list was published, MD Malcolm Skelton said the company planned to develop the wholesale side of its business in 2007. It was to start by supplying four Asda supermarkets with Skeltons’ branded products in February.Skelton said stepping up the wholesale business would allow it to make use of capacity at its bakery throughout the day. The company already supplied Weight Wat- chers’ products to the supermarkets through Anthony Alan Foods.On the retail side of the business, Skeltons had planned to launch a new café concept in spring.At the time, Skelton said the list made him feel nostalgic, as his chain was the only bakery based in Hull, down from 23 chains in the city in the 1960s.The months since the Top 50 list was published have been unsettling times for many on it: a strategic review continues at Lyndale Foods (ranked number 7); Welsh chain Ferrari’s Bakery (number 15) has been bought out of administration; and sandwich chain Benjy’s (number 20) has been broken up by administrators.
Thomas Partey has revealed he idolised five Arsenal legends (Picture: Getty)Thomas Partey has named five Arsenal legends he idolised growing up – including Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.Arsenal signed Partey from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day after meeting his £45million release clause.The 27-year-old Ghanaian international says he has followed Arsenal ‘for a long time’ and loved watching Arsene Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’, who went unbeaten throughout the 2003-04 Premier League season.‘I feel so great, excited, it is something that makes me feel great, makes me feel important and it is a great feeling to be here,’ Partey said in an interview with Arsenal’s official website.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Full Screen Advertisement Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 1 min. story / Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 13 Oct 2020 5:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9kShares SPONSORED Skip Ad Read More rejected deadline day move to West Ham PLAY Read More ‘I have followed Arsenal for a long time. When we were young we used to watch so many games, when they had the Invincibles season in 2004, they were so great. That is when they won the hearts of so many people.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There were a lot of great players [here at the club] before. Ian Wright was here, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Pires, Bergkamp was one of the greatest, and that season was great.’ Read More Read More Thomas Partey names five Arsenal legends he idolised – including Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry About Connatix V67539 Top articles Read More Skip Coming Next Partey won the Europa League at Atletico Madrid and helped the club reach the Champions League final in 2016.The Ghana star wants to enjoy more success at Arsenal and take the club ‘back to where we belong’.He added: ‘I feel so happy, I already feel part of the family because the fans have received me, everybody is saying nice things about me and, you know, to be received like this is a great feeling.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘This a great club, it is one of the biggest clubs in Europe and it is a club that deserves to be aspiring for greater things and I think it doesn’t happen in a day, we have to work hard to make sure we are back to where we belong. ‘I want to make everyone feel happy.’Arsenal have won three of their four Premier League matches so far this season and face Manchester City this weekend.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Thomas Partey rates Arsenal’s Premier League title chances under Mikel ArtetaMORE: Arsene Wenger names surprise choice for toughest team his Arsenal side faced Video Settings Advertisement