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.

Arcadia Group denies it is going into administration

Arcadia Group faces collapse within days

27 November 2020

It has been reported by Sky News that Arcadia Group is facing...

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New Look landlords Challenge CVA

New Look refinance complete refinance scheme

10th November 2020

New Look announce completion of its refinancing scheme which...

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Debenhams puts itself up for sale in a last-ditch attempt to avoid collapsing into liquidation

Mike Ashley renews his bid for Debenhams

19 October 2020

Mike Ashley renews his bid for Debenhams.

This comes as...

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Administrators put on standby for shopping centre giant, Intu

KPMG sell off four more Intu shopping centres

19 October 2020

Over a handful of Intu shopping centers have been saved...

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Monthly Insolvency Statistics: September 2020

Monthly Insolvency Statistics: September 2020

The Insolvency Service publish the sixth release in its monthly series to...

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Aldo UK collapses into administration

Aldo UK saved, 700 jobs preserved

21 September 2020

The Thai Leisure Group CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement)...

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Monthly Insolvency Statistics: August 2020

Monthly Insolvency Statistics: August 2020

The Insolvency Service publish the fifth release in its monthly series to...

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Victoria's Secret UK slips into administration

Next appear a perfect fit for Victoria's Secret

15th September 2020

Next has oficially signed its joint venture deal for the UK...

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Archant calls on CVA and pension lifeboat in rescue deal

Archant calls on CVA and pension lifeboat in rescue deal

Archant, one of Britain’s oldest newspaper publishers, is turning to the...

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Pre-pack deal rescues Travelex, but results in the loss of 1,300 jobs

Pre-pack deal rescues Travelex, but results in the loss of 1,300 jobs

Foreign exchange firm, Travelex, collapsed into administration, with the...

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CVA eyed up by River Island

CVA eyed up by River Island

River Island becomes the latest retailer to eye up a Company Voluntary...

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Drayton Manor file a notice of intention

French firm rescues Drayton Manor from administration

Update...

Drayton Manor has been sold out of administration to French firm,...

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Please note that the guide was mostly written pre Covid-19 and there have been some changes to insolvency legislation that limits creditors actions and relaxes rules regarding wrongful trading.  A new 20 day moratorium for distressed businesses has also been introduced. 

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