Business re-opens two months after closure

Kevin Todd and Stephen Poole at Alnwick Timber.
Kevin Todd and Stephen Poole at Alnwick Timber.

A business which went into liquidation because of the recession has risen again, just eight weeks later.

Alnwick Timber ceased trading earlier this year, putting staff out of jobs and immediately closing the site.

But after being shut for only eight weeks, the company has re-launched, under a new name.

Alnwick Timber 2014 Ltd opened for business on Wednesday, March 12, at the same premises on Alnwick’s Sawmill Industrial Estate.

And it has been restarted by Stephen Poole, who worked with the company previously.

Stephen has his own company – The Kitchen Cellar – based at Foxton Hall in Alnmouth.

He was brought in by the original Alnwick Timber company around four years ago to help set up a purpose-made joinery element of the business.

But after around six months there, he moved on to further positions.

However, he kept in touch and when they went into administration, he decided to take over. And he has employed two former members of staff who both have more than 20 years’ industry experience.

Kevin Todd was the previous manager and helped to set up the company for its owners around 24 years ago.

And Adrian Knox has also returned to the fold.

The new company will offer a cutting service as well as selling timber to size, and with Stephen’s other business influence, there will also be a bespoke joinery service available.

Two more joiners are to be employed by the business in the coming weeks and in the next three to four months, there will be a further two part-time positions available.

Stephen said: “The support we have had from customers has been fantastic. People have been phoning Kev and wishing him well and so far we are making steady progress.”

Alnwick Timber 2014 is open Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, and 9am to noon on Saturdays.