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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.

SpudULike shut all 37 branches overnight, leaving 300 staff shocked and jobless

SpudULike shut all 37 branches overnight, leaving 300 staff shocked and jobless

SpudULike, the baked potato fast food chain, has closed all of its 37 branches,...

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Retailers increasingly turn to CVAs to restructure their businesses

Retailers increasingly turn to CVAs to restructure their businesses

UK High Street flagging as retailers increasingly turn to CVAs

Figures from the...

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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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Homebase creditors approve CVA

Homebase creditors approve CVA

Homebase creditors have voted in favour of the Company Voluntary Arrangement...

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Office Outlet, former Staples chain, Confirms CVA

Office Outlet, former Staples chain, Confirms CVA

One of the UK’s biggest stationery retailers, Office Outlet, formerly known as...

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Gin Festival goes into administration and tickets will not be refunded

Gin Festival goes into administration and tickets will not be refunded

The Ginfestival.com has gone into administration with the loss of 27 jobs and...

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Are CVAs for retailers undermining commercial landlords?

Are CVAs for retailers undermining commercial landlords?

With Next announcing plans to demand rent cuts in line with struggling partners,...

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Gaucho considers closing Cau branches as part of restructure

Gaucho considers closing Cau branches as part of restructure

UK-based Argentine restaurant chain Gaucho has mooted plans to close branches of...

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Carpetright to close 92 stores as part of major restructure

Carpetright to close 92 stores as part of major restructure

Carpetright has introduced a set of sweeping measures as part of a major...

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toys r us cva

Administration risk for Toys R us

Update. 

It looks as if the situation with Toys R Us is deteriorating as Hilco...

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Dreamland uses CVA to exit administration

A Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), will allow this famous seaside attraction...

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Travelodge CVA: three years on

Back in 2012, the budget hotel chain was found to be in debt of £500 million and...

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