The UK’s largest manufacturer of ceramic wall and floor tiles has entered administration - putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

Newton Abbot-based British Ceramic Tile Limited announced today (Wednesday, January 30) that it has ceased trading with immediate effect.

The firm - which employs around 400 people - said it had lost a “key customer contract in recent days”, resulting in 313 redundancies.

It is understood 270 of those jobs are based at Newton Abbot, and 10 in Cullpmpton.

The remaining 67 employees will support the orderly winding down of the business, administrators said.

British Ceramic Tile Limited is a leading player in the manufacturer of ceramic tiles, with a longstanding heritage in the local communities in which it operates and a stellar reputation for its quality products.

Andrew Sheridan, joint administrator

In addition to its headquarters in Newton Abbot, British Ceramic Tile Limited operates sites in Cullompton and Cleckheaton in West Yorkshire.