Fife family roofing business ceases trading after 60 years

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Fife family roofing business ceases trading after 60 years
Fife family roofing business ceases trading after 60 years

Dunfermline-based Braisby Roofing closed for the final time on Friday 27 May after 60 years in business.

The directors are applying to the court to appoint insolvency specialist Shona Campbell of Henderson Loggie as liquidator.

Braisby Roofing was established in 1965 and has remained in the family since then. The company’s trading performance suffered because of lockdown restrictions throughout the pandemic, and cash flow challenges due to late payments, rising costs, and significant six-figure bad debts have made it increasingly difficult to continue in business. The company employed 20 people.

The family also owns Kwikco Supplies a wholesale supplier of janitorial products, hand and power tools, fasteners and fixings and workwear. Kwikco is unaffected by the decision to place Braisby Roofing into liquidation and continues to trade as usual. The directors wish to concentrate on Kwikco and are aiming to re-employ some affected employees within the business.

William Braisby, managing director of Braisby Roofing and grandson of the eponymous founder, said: “Construction is a difficult business to be in right now and, like many companies, we have been severely impacted by Covid, which resulted in delays on projects where we were the principal contractor and significant bad debts from customers failing to meet their obligations.

“We have explored every option to continue trading but, regretfully, spiraling costs and shortage of materials coupled with unsustainable cash flow problems have led us to apply for voluntary liquidation. We will always be grateful for the support we have received from our loyal staff.”

Shona Campbell, insolvency partner at Henderson Loggie, added: “The directors have reached a very difficult decision after facing up to many challenges. It’s sad when a long-standing business has tried to continue but has no option but to go into liquidation. I will work with the family to bring the affairs of the company to a close and provide guidance and support to ensure employees receive their full employment entitlements.”