EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change

Woodbury Brothers and Haines

Woodbury Brothers and Haines

Geographic Location

Country: United Kingdom
Region: Somerset; Dorset and Somerset; South West
Location of affected unit(s): Highbridge in Somerset


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of wood and paper products, and printing
16.2 - Manufacture of products of wood, cork, straw and plaiting materials
Number Employed: 175

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 03-07-2014
Planned Job Reductions min: 163
Planned Job Reductions max: 163
Type of Restructuring: Bankruptcy
Employment Effect Start: 02-07-2014
Direct Dismissals: 163

Additional Information

Woodbury Brothers and Haines, a family business that designed and made furniture located in Highbridge in Somerset has gone into administration. After unsuccessful attempts by the administrators to find a suitable buyer, the majority of employees were made redundant. The bankruptcy resulted in 163 of the total workforce of 175 losing their jobs.

Woodbury Brothers and Haines operated in Highbridge as a family business since 1949. The company began by supplying local schools with furniture and during the 1960s the furniture makers were responsible for developing a new process of wood veneering. The furniture maker was one of the largest employers in the local area.