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Ravenhead Glass set to revive

St Helens-based UK firm Ravenhead Glass, which was forced to close in March, with the loss of 200 jobs, could become the only company making beer glasses in Britain after a mystery bidder began talks …

St Helens-based UK firm Ravenhead Glass, which was forced to close in March, with the loss of 200 jobs, could become the only company making beer glasses in Britain after a mystery bidder began talks with the troubled business. A spokesman for the administrators of said talks with an unnamed businessman were at an “advanced stage”. Gary Lee, director of corporate rescue and recovery firm, Begbies Traynor, said the man has received a draft contract and is now looking to confirm if he can get Government grant funding to help reopen the factory. The firm was forced to close in March when Belgian owners Durobor blamed the effects of the strong pound on exports, which made up 40% of its 20 million sales. Formed in 1842, Ravenhead was one of Britain“s largest beer glass manufacturers, producing 90 million glasses a year. Ravenhead was one of the last firms in Britain to make the traditional dimpled beer glasses when it stopped making the handled pint pots six years ago due to a drop in demand. Its only rival in Britain making beer glasses collapsed shortly after Ravenhead closed.

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