Eight jobs have been saved and eight lost at an independent Tyneside chocolatier following an unsuccessful expansion move.
Earlier this year, the independent Gareth James Chocolatier expanded beyond its Tynemouth Front Street shop to include a Morpeth venue.
The Sanderson Arcade venture, which incorporated a cafe serving a brunch and lunch menu alongside the sale of owner Gareth Mellor’s handmade chocolates, proved to be “severely loss making” - taking the successful Tynemouth shop with it.
The business entered liquidation on October 29 and liquidators at Robson Scott Associates Limited agreed sale of the Tynemouth business to a new company, set up by Mr Mellor.
Eight staff at the Morpeth Sanderson Arcade venue were made redundant.
Chris Horner, an insolvency practitioner at Robson Scott Associates, said: “Robson Scott Associates Limited has been working with the company’s management to ensure that as many of the the employees’ jobs as possible are saved.
“The liquidation came about following an expansion into Morpeth which turned out to be severely loss making bringing the rest of the business down with it.”