An east Belfast bakery has closed down with the loss of 42 jobs after it failed to find a buyer.
The owners of Miller’s Bakery said staff were told yesterday morning it was shutting with immediate effect.
In a statement, Anne and Martin Millar said: “It is with much sadness that we have had to inform our workforce that the bakery will close.
“We have fought a lengthy battle to keep the bakery operating but a combination of difficult trading conditions and cash flow left us with no option but to cease trading.
“We had hoped to find a buyer but were unable to do so within the time constraints.”
In September the company said it was trying to reach a creditors’ voluntary arrangement. At the time, the High Court adjourned a winding-up petition by Latimer Electrical Services, after lawyers outlined the steps the business had taken.
The company, which was founded in 1997, opened new premises on Heron Road in June 2008.
Invest NI said it had offered grants of £238,947 to support the opening and would be “clawing back” £181,588 already paid out.