Bartrams unable to secure buyer as administrators begin to sell off stock

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Bartrams Associates has been unable to find a suitable buyer since it ceased trading a week ago and has now begun to sell off mobility equipment stock.

Insolvency firm SFP had been looking for a buyer after the Ely-based mobility equipment supplier went into administration last week but despite “initial strong interest” in the business, it could not find a suitable offer.

Bartrams specialises in the supply, maintenance and modification of beds, wheelchairs, scooters, mobility aids and bath lifts for the public and private sector.

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The company had contracts with PCTs and hospital trusts for the supply, maintenance and modification of wheelchairs and also had numerous contracts, both public and private, for the supply of home care services.

Bartrams’ management had attempted to “steady the business” in the run-up to its administration, according to SFP, and it is unclear what will happen to employees.

The insolvency firm said that despite a marketing campaign, “there were no offers to save the business on a going concern basis”.

It added: “Accordingly, the company ceased to trade on 11th July and efforts will now turn to maximising realisations from the residual assets.”

Joint administrator Simon Plant said: “Despite our best efforts to save the business and support customers with enquiries, a purchaser could not be found for Bartrams.

“We would encourage anyone medically effected by the closure of the business to contact their doctor or health practitioner in the first instance.”

News of Bartrams’ crisis was first raised when The Great Yorkshire Show stated that the supplier’s equipment hire arm, Mobility Hire 4 U, had stopped trading.

The company ran a physical mobility retail operation from its Cambridgeshire base and recently launched a new retail website.

Last year, Bartrams embarked on a collaborative programme to wheelchair waiting times to three weeks. The company served nearly 40,000 wheelchair users across seven districts.

AMP has approached Bartrams for comment.

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