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New Lease of Life for Essensi Photography


Carter & Carter Photography Limited, which traded as Essensi photography was forced into administration during the Covid-19 outbreak.

New Lease of Life for Essensi Photography


"It is a sad time to see Carter & Carter Photography Limited enter administration. It has been an extremely hard process especially with regards to the amazing members of staff that worked for us."
Gail Carter



As the country entered lockdown Carter & Carter Photography Limited suffered severe cashflow problems and sought the professional services of Campbell Crossley & Davis Business Recovery, an insolvency practitioner on 5th June 2020.

Following 12 years of uninterrupted trading, the Essensi studio had only recently moved from Lytham to Clifton Fields in Preston. The news of the closure was received with shock as word spread online.

Gail Carter, the Managing Director, commented on the studio closure. “It is a sad time to see Carter & Carter Photography Limited enter administration. It has been an extremely hard process especially with regards to the amazing members of staff that worked for us. During this hard time, we wish them every luck going forward and continue to offer our support.”

As part of the insolvency process new buyers of the business were sought at which point Gail’s son, Harry Carter stepped forward.

A Director at Carter Zub Building Consultancy Ltd, Harry has already built an enviable reputation within the construction industry. Carter Zub provides architectural services for many construction projects throughout Lancashire.

Harry, as the new owner of Essensi, is to retain the brand, newly refurbished studio, and equipment. Talking about purchasing the business Harry said, ‘Not only is it important for me to help my mum, but I can also see the potential in the business. By embracing new technology and providing modern photography services, I think this business will be a huge success.” He continues, ‘although initially, the operation will be much smaller than previous years this gives us a chance to save the business and the reputation my mum has built over the years.”

The new business, Essensi Photography, is to employ Sam Robinson, as Directing Manager. Previously Sam worked as a Business Development Manager within Essensi. Sam and Harry will initially be working to resolve any issues caused by the insolvency while also putting new processes in place.

Essensi Photography is to reopen on Saturday 4th July 2020. 

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