AN award-winning family farm business employing more than 100 people has gone into administration in an attempt to save the business.

Siann Huntley and Andy Beckingham, of Leonard Curtis Business Rescue & Recovery, have been appointed joint administrators of Cheshire-based Stockley Farm Partnership with effect from September 3.

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Stockley Farm, which specialises in arable and dairy farming in addition to operating as an open farm, is set in nearly 700 acres at Arley.

The business has suffered in recent times as a result of reducing profit margins, together with ongoing investment required for general maintenance on the farm.

Consequently, legal action was taken by a creditor and the partners had proposed a voluntary arrangement. This proposal was rejected.

As a result, the partners and other stakeholders took the necessary steps to protect the business and the joint administrators were appointed.

Joint administrator, Siann Huntley, said: “We are currently assessing the business’s financial position to ascertain which parts of it can be saved.

"The farm is a well-known local attraction and has won a number of awards and accreditations for the great work it has carried out in the community. We will be working closely with the partners and stakeholders to achieve a positive outcome for all.

“While the position is being assessed, regrettably a small number of the casual workforce will not be continuing with the business moving forward.

“We would encourage any parties with an interest in the business to contact us as soon as possible on 0330 0243 999 or email“