Sad day for furniture makers in Chipping

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I was saddened to read about HJ Berry furniture makers going into Administration.  After 160 years of trading it seems they could no longer compete with importing and rising costs.  To me this is a sad sign of how times have changed.  Do people no longer want quality, local made goods?  Would they rather buy from China over Chipping? Especially when this company won awards for their environmentally friendly approach.

Many of the 80+ employees live in the village and I sincerely hope they all successfully find work.

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