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A West Country supplier of fibre cement sheet roofing used in the construction of farm buildings has acquired the Highbridge plant that was home to Woodberry Bros & Haines.


Briarwood Products plans to move to the 21-acre 500,000sqft site from its current base at Weston-Super-Mare, after agreeing a deal with accountants at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).


Ross Connock and Matthew Hammonds of PwC were appointed joint administrator of WBH — owner of the Caxton cabinet furniture brand — earlier this year.


Supporting the cost of its vast Somerset site, especially as capacity reduced in recent years, was cited internally by staff as being instrumental in WBH’s demise.


The company made £328k before tax on sales of £30m back in 2006–07, but was losing £1m at the pre-tax line on revenue of just over £12m by 2012, the year of its last filed accounts.