The minutes of the Board of Directors’ meetings indicate the precarious
state of the company they had taken over. An early problem was the return
of a £78,000 consignment of discoloured Ashberry kitchenware made by
Peter Black Holdings for Marks and Spencer.
New ranges were introduced at
this time: Duet and Rhapsody, but their new reactive glazes provided problems
in achieving consistency and the lines were short-lived.
Finances were desperate and facing bankruptcy again, the management was
fortunate that Anthony Cann, a majority shareholder, was prepared to try
and save the company.