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News of Companies That Have Gone Bust in the UK

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The listings included on this page are of companies that have gone into administration, CVA or liquidation.  It is not a definitive list but a summary of the major company failures in the UK. 

Why do companies go bust?

It should be noted that a company “failing” or closing down is not the same thing as one going bust. A failing business can be defined as one that has not been successful in its aims. If it can’t generate enough money to pay its owners/shareholders then it might just cease trading and the directors wind up the company. There are thousands of such ventures and many of the owners/directors have another go and may well go on to succeed.

Going bust is basically where the business cannot continue in its present form, as it owes too much money and the creditors want it back! These creditors can be; HMRC, Banks or other Lenders, Trade Suppliers.

It should also be noted that an insolvent company i.e one that owes its creditors more than it has in cash/assets, is not actually bust. It can continue as long as it has cash to pay for essential activities and no one is putting pressure on the business to repay the debt.

See this page on Help for Companies affected by Coronavirus. It will be updated daily.

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Arcadia's Topshop to go into a CVA

Arcadia's CVA has been approved _ Topshop

Update 12th June 2019:

Arcadia's CVA has been approved

Keith Steven, CVA...

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Why do CVAs get a bad press?

Why do CVAs get a bad press?

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Arcadia's CVA Proposals Published

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Update 05.06.19

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Ann Summers in CVA Denial

Ann Summers in CVA Denial

It has been reported that Ann Summers, the lingerie retailer, is looking to use...

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Owners of Snow & Rock and Cotswold Outdoor looking at a CVA to close stores

CVA being looked into for the company who own Runners Need, Cotswold Outdoor and...

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Failure of CVA for Paton Brown leaves a pre-pack

Failure of CVA for Paton Brown leaves a pre-pack

The direct mail company, located in Ashton-under-Lyne, Paton Brown has fallen...

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Paperchase looking at CVA according to reports

Paperchase restructuring via a CVA: 28 stores to close

Update 4th March 2019:

Stationery shop, Paperchase launch a CVA. 

They seek a...

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Giraffe and Ed's Easy Diner to go into a CVA

So, the next big CVA has been announced.   

The owner of Giraffe and Ed’s Easy...

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CVA Debate Review

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Please note that the guide includes updates due to Covid-19 For instance there have been some changes to insolvency legislation that limits creditors actions.  A new 20 day moratorium for distressed businesses has also been introduced. 

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