Zelf Hussain, David Robert Baxendale and Mark James Tobias Banfield of PwC have been appointed as joint administrators of Mothercare UK Limited and Mothercare Business Services Limited. The appointment was made on 5 November 2019.
Mothercare Plc (and subsidiaries) is a global retailer for parents and young children and operates an international franchise business alongside Mothercare UK. The business operates 79 retail stores in the UK and 1,010 overseas franchise stores across 40 territories. The entities in administration employ 2,485 retail staff and 384 head office and distribution staff.
Whilst the international franchise operations are profitable, the UK segment has been loss making for a number of years. The directors have in recent times explored many options to restructure Mothercare UK Ltd including a CVA in May 2018. Despite the restructuring that followed the CVA, trading has remained challenging with difficult market conditions, reduced consumer spending and a fundamental change in high street retail.
The joint administrators will continue to trade the UK business and wind it down over the coming weeks and months. In order to support the business during the administration period, the joint administrators have appointed Gordon Brothers as agents to provide an experienced retail team to work in partnership with the head office, store and divisional teams.
In the meantime, the international franchise partners will continue to trade the Mothercare business as normal.
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Zelf Hussain, David Robert Baxendale and Mark James Tobias Banfield were appointed as joint administrators of Mothercare UK Limited and Mothercare Business Services Limited on 05 November 2019 to manage its affairs, business and property as its agents and without personal liability. Zelf Hussain, David Robert Baxendale and Mark James Tobias Banfield are licensed in the United Kingdom to act as insolvency practitioners by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
The joint administrators are bound by the Insolvency Code of Ethics which can be found at:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/insolvency-practitioner-code-of-ethics
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