United Kingdom
West Midlands;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.71 - Manufacture of bread; manufacture of fresh pastry goods and cakes

104 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
31 March 2015
Employment effect (start)
31 March 2015
Foreseen end date
31 March 2015


West Midlands based bakery Firkins has closed resulting in the loss of 104 full time and part time jobs.

Recent times have been challenging and the company had been in and out of administration three times in the last ten years. A statement from BRI Business recovery and Insolvency confirmed that although efforts had been made to increase sales, these had not been successful and the directors of the company had taken the decision to place the company into voluntary liquidation.

The company operated shops across the West Midlands including in Birmingham, West Bromwich and Solihull, and had been in business for over 140 years.


  • 31 March 2015: Birmingham Mail


Eurofound (2015), Firkins, Bankruptcy in United Kingdom, factsheet number 79219, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/79219.