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Britain's oldest custom-built frame builder has entered liquidation

Joe Robinson
2 May 2018

Yorkshire-based Ellis Briggs Cycles unable to continue after increasing debts

Britain's oldest custom framebuilder Ellis Briggs Cycles has entered voluntary liquidation and is set to close after 82 years in the business.

In a press release, it was confirmed that 'Yorkshire insolvency practitioners and business recovery specialists, Walsh Taylor, have been appointed to handle the liquidation of the assets of the company after it was unable to meet its debts.'

It continued to suggest that despite events such as the Tour de Yorkshire and the Tour de France increasing the popularity of cycling in Britain, smaller, bespoke businesses like Ellis Briggs have struggled with the competition of larger online stores.

It then added, 'this has been compounded by industry figures which predict that as many as one million fewer bikes will be sold this year.' 

It also claimed that in the past 12 months, numbers of small independent cycle retailers in the UK have dropped by 10 per cent. 

The directors of the Ellis Briggs Cycles company decided to wind-up the business on 6th April before entering into a Creditors' Voluntary Liquidation (CVL).

The brand originally entered liquidation in 2016 before being saved by its current director board.

Besides the manufacturing and retailing of frames, the Ellis Briggs brand has also operated a repair workshop as part of the business which is also set to close.

Founded in 1936 by Leonard and Thomas Briggs in West Yorkshire, the brand went on to create lightweight racing frames ridden to success at the Olympic Games, Tour de France and World Championships among other events.

Over the years, the likes of Brian Robinson and Dave Rayner rode Ellis Briggs frames with most notoriety coming in 1952 when Ken Russell won the Tour of Britain riding an Ellis Briggs bike without any team support.

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