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    Posted: 02 Dec 09 at 8:54pm
Just heard on the grapevine that Alverbanks have ceased trading.

Anyone care to elaborate?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Dec 09 at 8:57pm
I can't believe that..........
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I heard rumour that Kevin had packed up due to ailing health, but I'd be suprised if the others couldnt keep it going.
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Taken from N12 Forum: -

Alverbank Sails has been run successfully by Kevan Bloor since the early 1970ís and so it is with great sadness that we have to advise you that the Directors and Shareholders have decided that the Company is to cease trading with immediate effect.
The reasons for this are as follows:
1.    The current recession has meant that orders have virtually dried up since mid-summer despite major marketing initiatives, de-stocking (including the use of eBay), and excellent results at Open Meetings and Championships.

2.    The Companyís reserves and momentum were seriously depleted by Kevanís stroke last year.

3.    The current and future levels of overheads can no longer be financed.

4.    Kevan will be 65 shortly and, to enable him to fully recover from his health problems, he has decided that he should retire and take a well-earned rest.
We thank you for custom and support over the years and trust that you would all wish Kevan a long and healthy retirement; thanks also go to Janet, and latterly Debi Gibson, for their involvement and support.
Stuart Hopson is planning to start his own sail making business in the near future and Kevan has agreed to advise him on a part time basis; his Partner Debi (who is a fully trained sail maker) will also be there to support him in his new venture. Stuart can be contacted on 07855 946527.

Paul Turner, for the Board & Members

sad news indeed.........
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Its definately the end of an era. Kevan has got to be one of the most experianced sail makers, with over 30 years experiance. I can only thank him for all the support he has given me over the last year. He has very kindly agreed to help me set up a new sail loft and has offered to assist with the development of new sails and designs.

I'll put up another post in a few days with more details about the new loft. I have almost got the loft ready to start just need to make a few finishing touches.

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Stu,

I wish you all the luck with your new venture mate.  If i can put any work your way i will! 

 

Good luck fella.

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Good on you Stu. I wish you and Debi all the luck with your new loft.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Peaky Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Dec 09 at 10:21am

Are you keeping the Alverbanks name?  I think there is a lot of goodwill in that name.

Best of luck.

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