Wedding plans in ruins as company goes bust

COUPLES hoping to wed at a country house in Backwell have seen their plans left in ruins after the company running it went bust.

Bristol-based Aspire Venues Limited was operating Brockley Combe Manor in Backwell Hill when the company went into liquidation.

The property, formerly known as Backwell Hill House, had previously been used as a health and fitness club called Ambassadors before undergoing a major refurbishment and reopening as a hotel, events and wedding venue. The property was granted a licence to hold weddings in November.

Aspire Venues also operated two other wedding venues, Chewton Place near Keynsham and Eastington Hall near Stroud, when it was placed into voluntary liquidation on December 22, causing the loss of 19 full-time jobs and 20 casual staff jobs.

Customers who have paid deposits to Aspire Venues using a credit card or those with insurance may be able to recoup the money.

Tim Ball, of accountants Mazars, has been engaged by the directors to assist with the liquidation process.

He said: “The closure of this insolvent business is very distressing for all concerned and a number of members of the public are affected by the cancellation of future wedding and event bookings and will be receiving letters very shortly.

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“Many customers who have placed deposits may be protected by the insurance they have taken out or through their credit card providers.

“I would encourage all customers affected to contact their credit and debit card providers or insurers to establish if they can be reimbursed for their potential loss.”