Harley-Davidson dealership put into administration

Sue O'Grady, of Sprotbrough, on her beloved Harley Davidson which she plans to take around the world. Picture: Liz Mockler DONC-O'GradyD7263LM
Sue O'Grady, of Sprotbrough, on her beloved Harley Davidson which she plans to take around the world. Picture: Liz Mockler DONC-O'GradyD7263LM

MORe than a dozen jobs have been lost in Doncaster after a high profile motorcycle dealership hit financial problems.

St Leger Harley-Davidson has closed with the 15 staff at the showroom made redundant after its owners went into administration.

The showroom on Bullrush Grove, Balby, near White Rose Way, which sold the iconic American bikes, was part of Summer Retail Limited which also has franchise dealerships in Leeds and Stockport, with 44 jobs going across the company as a whole.

It has retained five staff to sell its remaining assets, said a spokeswoman for the administrators.

She said they were not looking for a buyer.

John Russell and Chris White, partners at The P&A Partnership, Sheffield, who were appointed joint administrators, confirmed that the business had ceased trading.

Chris White said: “Summer Retail Limited is a well established franchisee of premium goods that has been a casualty of a difficult niche consumer market. We have set up a website to help those made redundant www.insolvency4employees.co.ukwith guidance and advice on entitlements.”

Chris White added: “These are tough times for any business. I would advise companies that are concerned about their trading to ask for help from an accountant or other professional. The earlier you bring in an expert with an outside view, the better chance of either re-financing or turning around the business.”

The St Leger Chapter of the Harley-Davidon Owners Group, which was associated with the dealership, will continue to meet.

Group member Sue O’Grady said: “St Leger Harley-Davidson was the only Harley dealer in Doncaster. The next one is in Chesterfield

“We know the staff quite well and it has been a shock for them. I think our group members will be really sad that the showroom is closing. But I think people are still buying Harley-Davidsons.”