Two deals save ailing Stoke ceramics companies

Potteries-based mug manufacturer Hudson & Middleton and bone ash supplier Jesse Shirley & Son have both been rescued after going into administration last month.
Hudson & Middleton’s business and assets have been sold to Hudsons Fine Bone China while Hajco 377 has bought Jesse Shirley. The sales have saved a total of 62 jobs in Stoke.

Hudsons Fine Bone China is a new company founded by Hudson & Middleton’s former management. The firm will continue to trade from Hudson & Middleton’s premises in Longton.

Hajco 377 was set up by entrepreneur Ahmed Mohamed Elawad and, working with fellow shareholder, Mike Shirley, the company will remain at the Jesse Shirley & Son’s Etruria site. The current directors and managers will continue to run the company with Mike Shirley as managing director.

Twenty-two jobs are now secure at Hudson & Middleton and 40 at Jesse Shirley, but administrator KPMG made 19 workers redundant at Hudson and Middleton and 36 at Jesse Shirley & Son in January.

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