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Co Antrim chicken processing company makes 48 staff redundant after closure

HK Dickey on the Granagh Road in Cullybackey
HK Dickey on the Granagh Road in Cullybackey

A Co Antrim chicken processing company has made 48 staff redundant.

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The BBC has reported HK Dickey, based in Cullybackey, has closed after more than 60 years trading.

Insolvency practitioners have been called in to advise directors on their options.

Wesley Dickey, managing director, said: "The company has been under continuous pressure for some time to keep competitive, to reduce prices; whilst all the time facing rising wage costs, employee pension costs and the ever-increasing cost of produce and ingredients as well as compliance with regulation.

"My parents Hugh and Sally Dickey, who established the business back in the 1950's, have worked hard alongside me to expand and develop the business with a very loyal customer base supporting us over the years.

"Regrettably, however, the business is no longer viable, and we have had to take the very difficult decision to close our doors."

"I wish to formally record our family's appreciation to them. Their contribution to the business has been immense and it is with the deepest regret that we find ourselves in this situation where we cannot keep trading," he said.

Gildernew & Co Insolvency Practitioners have been appointed to the company and are in contact with HK Dickey's suppliers.

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