Liquidators have been called in to the parent company of Scotland’s most southerly distillery at Bladnoch.
News came this week that Ernst and Young were appointed liquidators of Co-Ordinated Development Services, the Northern Ireland-based company which operates the almost 200-year-old distillery and its visitor centre, on March 10.
With around 10 staff employed there, it is now the job of Ernst and Young to assess the business with a view to selling it on. The distillery was brought back to life 20 years ago by Raymond Armstrong and has been managed by himself and three other shareholders since.
An assurance was given this week that a programme of events scheduled to be held in the distillery as part of Whisky Month in May and the Whisky, Words and Wisdom festival will go ahead, but that alternative arrangements have been made just in case.
Fiona Murphie, secretary of the Association of Wigtown Booksellers, said: “Whisky, Words and Wisdom will take place as planned between May 2 and 25. The event is being organised by the Association of Wigtown Booksellers with funding from EventScotland as part of the Homecoming celebrations.
“Bladnoch has kindly offered the distillery as a venue but alternative arrangements are in place if required.
“It is hoped that matters at the distillery are resolved in early course as it is an integral part of the local community and an iconic building in the Machars landscape.”
Ernst and Young said they would be in touch with all stakeholders in the coming days.