The Intercontinental Cookware and Tableware Company (ICTC) has gone into liquidation, closing its offices and factory in Norwich today (January 31. The news follows “another poor result for the company in 2018.”
Managing director, Ruth Cutter explained: ”For the last few years business has become increasingly difficult for our organisation and the impact of the recent Brexit vote has made the future even more uncertain.” She continued: “These along with other market factors have contributed to the decision by the board to put the company into liquidation, which I am sure you will appreciate has not been an easy one. I would like to thank all our loyal customers for their support over the years and wish them all well.”
In addition to the highly competitive marketplace and Brexit uncertainty, Ruth noted several other factors that have contributed to ICTC’s difficulties. These include the shift of independent retailers towards more gift-able products, the closure of cookshops in recent years, and the recent demise of Steamer Trading. In addition, Ruth reflected that (unlike many other housewares suppliers) ICTC’s sales have not been bolstered by a website that sells directly to consumers.
As a leading distributor, ICTC has carried a wide range of leading housewares brands including Mauviel, Woll, Gobel, Pillivyt, Opinel, Chatsford teapots, and glassware from La Rochere and San Miguel.
ICTC’s The British Textile Company (originally C’est Ca) has been manufacturing in Norwich since 1986. Its innovations include steam grease technology and a heatproof insulated towelling material. Its recent ranges have included Crisp & Dene, created by Suffolk based designer and ICTC creative director, Will Crisp.
Ruth expressed her extreme sadness at the loss of jobs, with many of ICTC’s staff having served the company for 20 to 30 years. Ruth told HousewaresNews.net that she is hopeful that some of ICTC’s distributorships will find new UK partners; many will have a presence at Ambiente (February 8-12 Frankfurt am Main).
Top: Aprons by The British Textile Company from ICTC.