DRONFIELD: Family firm closes after 60 years

Sheffield's Sheaf Motors car dealership, which is closing
Sheffield's Sheaf Motors car dealership, which is closing

A family business that has been trading for over 60 years has closed its doors.

Sheaf Motors, of Dronfield, said they had been hit hard by the economic crisis and had taken the difficult decision to shut its three sites in the town.

The business launched in 1949 offering car servicing, rentals, sales of new and used cars and vans throughout the region.

Cath Talbot joint managing director, said: “The closure of the business has been a very tough decision.

“The turbulent economic climate coupled with the increase in online sales has taken its toll on the business.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support and custom over the years.”

She added: “We are now looking at a number of potential opportunities for the three sites and very much hope that the sites will be occupied by either the retail or service sector.”

The firm, which was the main sponsor of the Dronfield 10k race, would not reveal how many jobs would be lost due to the closure.

North Derbyshire MP Natascha Engel said she was shocked and saddened by the news that Sheaf Motors Limited would no longer be trading.

She added: “This will be a difficult time for everyone involved with the company.= particularly employees and their families who may now face an uncertain future.

“The loss of this long-established company will be felt throughout the local community.”