Worcestershire dealer heads to the wall

The Acorn website before it was taken offline.

Golden Acorn, trading as Acorn Catering Equipment, has appointed insolvency practitioner Bishop Fleming to call a meeting of its creditors on 23 June.

It is unknown why the Droitwich-based dealer looks to be heading for insolvency.

Catering Insight tried to contact Acorn for comment, but the company’s phone line has been disconnected and its website is offline.

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The dealer has been trading in Worcestershire since 1979 and was established by husband and wife team Derrick and Lea Martin, originally in their own home.

In 1998 the couple retired and handed the business to their youngest daughter, Lindsey, and son-in-law Mike Vernalls.

Acorn’s purpose-built offices combined a warehouse, bespoke workshop and a fully stocked showroom which was open to the trade and public.

Its range of catering products included clothing, knives, utensils, cookware, cutlery, glassware, and large commercial kitchen equipment such as ovens, grills, refrigeration, food preparation and beverage machines.

Acorn has designed kitchens and installed equipment for hotels and restaurants, pubs and bars, schools and colleges, hospitals and care homes, health and leisure clubs and government bodies.

It also had a service department with an experienced team of engineers covering the West Midlands area for catering equipment repairs, servicing and maintenance.

In recent years the company has topped a six figure turnover.

When the company’s website was live, it described itself as a long-standing member of CEDA. It was also a member of buying group, Cedabond.

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