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Sofa Workshop collapses into administration

High Street retailer Sofa Workshop, a subsidiary of Halo Group, has gone into administration with the loss of 77 jobs. Supply chain and transport costs had… View Article

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Sofa Workshop collapses into administration

High Street retailer Sofa Workshop, a subsidiary of Halo Group, has gone into administration with the loss of 77 jobs.

Supply chain and transport costs had contributed to trading losses and outweighed ‘significant revenues’, said appointed administrators Toby Banfield, David Baxendale and Zelf Hussain of PwC.

The company had 16 stores across the UK and operated online.

In a statement, the administrators said that Covid-related supply chain disruption and significant increases in transportation costs on importing goods from Asia into the UK over the last year meant that the business has been unable to meet payments as they fall due and has remained reliant on the support of its shareholder.

It read: “Given the cash flow position of the business, potential sale options were explored with the aim of a purchaser providing the funding required to continue to deliver the business plan and take the Company forward. However, no viable offers were received.”

Toby Banfield, joint administrator and PwC partner, said: “Unfortunately, given the sustained level of losses, the directors had no option but to appoint administrators to protect the creditors of the Company. Sadly, this has resulted in 77 redundancies having to be made today. We will do all we can to support workers impacted by the administration.

“From today, the company’s 15 stores and the website will cease to trade and no further orders will be taken. One store, 204-208 Tottenham Court Road will continue to trade for up to 14 days in order to sell through the floor stock.

“However, I’m pleased that we have been able to sell the order book, ensuring that customers will receive their outstanding orders.”

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