18 October 2007
Shoe and homeware supplier Lambert Howarth has gone into administration after Marks & Spencer, its largest customer, cancelled all future orders.
Administrator BDO Stoy Hayward axed 72 out of 150 jobs at the London-based firm, which also has offices and warehouses in Burnley, Lancashire, and overseas.
A spokeswoman for M&S, which has worked with the supplier for 27 years, said: "We have decided Lambert Howarth is no longer best placed to work with us to provide great quality products at great prices that our customers want. This was a difficult decision, which we have only reluctantly come to after a long and detailed review."
No-one was available at Lambert Howarth to comment on reports that it was dropped due to a lack of product innovation. Results for 2006 showed sales at £62.7 million, £25.5 million or 29 per cent down from the previous year. It largely blamed "supply chain decisions taken by certain of the group's trading partners".
A BDO spokeswoman said the firm would hold discussions with customers to secure continuity of supply.