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Leeds envelope company rescued from administration


Leeds envelope company rescued from administration

On 12th February 2018, Nick Reed and Bob Maxwell of Begbies Traynor in Leeds were appointed as joint administrators of Great Northern Envelope Company (GNE) in Leeds and the company has immediately been acquired by Encore Envelopes Limited.

Unfortunately, GNE had experienced some difficult trading conditions, but Tyne and Wear-based Encore Envelopes stepped in to purchase the business, saving 129 jobs.

Established in 1984, Encore Envelopes has a turnover in excess of £28m.  It produces nearly three billion printed envelopes from its factory in Washington for the direct mail and transactional markets, serving the same sector as GNE. 

Following the acquisition, Russell Croisdale, managing director of Encore Envelopes, commented: “It’s great news that we have been able to purchase the business and assets of GNE as this transaction will provide continuous employment for the company’s experienced and loyal workforce.  Importantly, the acquisition, coupled with the ongoing strong financial and technical support which Encore can provide, will also ensure the continuity of supply for all Great Northern Envelope customers from its factory in Leeds.”

The business will trade as Great Northern Envelopes going forward.

‎Joint administrator Nick Reed said: “While GNE has faced tough trading conditions in recent years, it will benefit from being part of a large, established company like Encore.  In the circumstances, the sale is the best possible outcome for creditors, staff and customers.”

Encore Envelopes was advised by PwC and Langleys.  Begbies Traynor was advised by Irwin Mitchell.


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Julian Pitts

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Following graduation from the University of Hull, Julian qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand in Leeds. After a short time with Baker Tilly, in 1989, together with David Wilson, he established Wilson Pitts, a specialist independent practice dealing with all aspects of insolvency and corporate recovery work. In 2006, the Wilson Pitts practice was acquired by Begbies Traynor where Julian is now the Joint Regional Managing Partner for the North-East region.

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