Former Wells hamper company to close

A long-running North Norfolk food, hamper and gift company - which sold goods to British shopping icons such as Boots and Harrods, as well as countries all over the world - is closing with the loss of 20 jobs.

A long-running north Norfolk food, hamper and gift company - which started in Wells and sold goods to British shopping icons such as Boots and Harrods, as well as countries all over the world - is closing with the loss of 20 jobs.

Cartwright and Butler began making jams, pickles, biscuits and mincemeat at Wells in 1981, relocating its expanding business to Holt 17 years ago, employing 200 people and with a turnover of �1.5m at its height.

But it will shut the doors on its warehouse and Real Factory Shop by the end of March, blaming the economic downturn and the collapse of high-profile customer Whittards of Chelsea.