A small business owner is relieved to have been paid the £17,000 they were owed by Worcester Warriors Rugby Club after waiting months for the payment.

Rachel Edmonds, the owner of The Butcheress, has finally been paid by the club after contacting the Worcester News. 

Worcester Warriors has apologised and said it was working on improving its cash flow situation after being hit by rising costs and the pandemic.

Miss Edmonds said: "It's fabulous that it's all sorted now.

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"We won't be working with them again unless they pay cash in hand up front. 

"They paid us this morning (Wednesday) and it's a relief to be able to put the cash back into the business and pay our suppliers who we are behind on paying as a result of all this to get us out of the woods."

Miss Edmonds has now dropped a County Court Judgement (CCJ) against Worcester Warriors which she filed after not being paid.

She took to social media last week after we reported that some of the Warriors rugby players had been paid late.

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Posting on Facebook she said: "Glad they have managed to pay their players. Still waiting for all the money they owe me."

She later posted: "If they don't pay it could be the end of The Butcheress." 

After being contacted by the Worcester News for a comment, Worcester Warriors paid the full sum to Miss Edmonds.

A statement from the club said: “Warriors, like most other businesses, have seen our income streams affected by a number of factors beyond our control including the COVID-19 pandemic and steeply rising prices.

"An unfortunate consequence has been a delay in the payment of some of our suppliers.

"We apologise for the delay and assure all our suppliers that we are working to improve our cash flow situation so that they can be paid as quickly as possible.

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"We thank all our suppliers and partners for their continued patience and understanding.”

Miss Edmonds put all of her savings into establishing The Butcheress following a background in farming and the wholesale butchery industry.

The company has a retail shop in Stoke Prior, near Bromsgrove and also supplies local businesses with British meat.

Before being paid, Miss Edmonds said: "I'm a small business and a single mum, I've bent over backwards to help them.

"This could be the end of my business.

"They have sold my meat but not paid me for it.

"It's upsetting because I work so hard."