Sheffield scissor firm closes down after 116 years in the city

The final day sale at Ernest Wright and Son, Scissor makers, as it closes down. Pictured are staff Simon Wigglesworth-Baker, Jamie Boden, Dan Addy, Pam Addy, and Ian Underwood.
The final day sale at Ernest Wright and Son, Scissor makers, as it closes down. Pictured are staff Simon Wigglesworth-Baker, Jamie Boden, Dan Addy, Pam Addy, and Ian Underwood.
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A Sheffield scissor manufacturer which has been based in the city for 116 years has closed its doors for the final time.

Ernest Wright and Son has been making scissors by hand since 1902 but it held a closing down sale at its Broad Lane site site on Friday and Saturday.

The final day sale at Ernest Wright and Son, Scissor makers, as it closes down. Pictured are Pam Addy and Simon Wigglesworth-Baker.

The final day sale at Ernest Wright and Son, Scissor makers, as it closes down. Pictured are Pam Addy and Simon Wigglesworth-Baker.

The family business had been rocked by the sad death of its former boss Nick Wright, aged just 48, in February.

It had previously struggled to fulfil a flurry of orders for its classic Kutrite kitchen scissors, which were being revived after nearly 3,700 backers pledged almost £250,000 when a crowdfunding appeal went viral, after key workers were taken seriously ill.

Pam Addy, managing director, said: "It is with regret that we must announce that Ernest Wright & Son Limited, one of the last hand made scissor manufacturers in Sheffield, is ceasing to trade with the loss of seven jobs.

"Following the untimely death of the company’s owner and director, Nicholas Wright, in February, the employees sought to keep the company and business trading.

"Unfortunately, the liabilities of the company are such that it is insolvent and is unable to continue to trade. As a result the company is ceasing to trade and in due course will be placed into creditors voluntary liquidation.

"Christopher Brown of Hart Shaw Chartered Accountants is assisting the company’s director in liquidating the company and can be contacted on 0114 251 8850 should there be any interest in the company’s assets."