Customer fears the worst after Pinchbeck plant firm folds

Bakker, trading as Plantiflor, operated from an office at Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG060218-106TW.
Bakker, trading as Plantiflor, operated from an office at Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG060218-106TW.
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A customer’s long association with a Pinchbeck mail order plant firm has ended in frustration after reports it has gone bust.

The future of Plantiflor, whose offices in Enterprise Way closed last month, has been clouded in uncertainty since Netherlands-based parent company Bakker was revealed to be in financial difficulty.

Now an investigation by BBC Radio consumer affairs programme “You and Yours” has confirmed that Bakker went into bankruptcy at a court in The Hague, the Netherlands’ third largest city, on February 2.

Bakker customer Kevin Butt (70), of North Yorkshire, contacted the Lincolnshire Free Press this week and said: “I’ve dealt with them for quite a few years and normally when I order plants in January, I expect them to be here in February or March.

“But after hearing nothing for weeks, my gut feeling was to check my bank statement and I noticed that a debit card payment of £64 had gone out of my account in January.

“So I phoned Bakker but all I got was message that said ‘Due to circumstances beyond our control, we can’t answer your call at this time’.

This is the first time it’s happened in all the years I’ve been using them and I even have an account with Bakker, but I can’t get access to it

Bakker customer Kevin Butt (70), of North Yorkshire

“This is the first time it’s happened in all the years I’ve been using them and I even have an account with Bakker, but I can’t get access to it.”

According to the BBC, Bakker filed for bankruptcy in the Netherlands after running up losses of £29.3million (33million Euros) over the last two years.

The “You and Yours” report also stated that the Dutch court gave Bakker two months to find a buyer for its 4.5million customers across Europe.

• Have you placed an order with Bakker recently? Email your letters to jeremy.ransome@iliffepublishing.co.uk

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