Service: Pre-Pack Administration
Administrators from Wilson Field have helped safeguard all 245 part time jobs at a Welsh commercial cleaning company after it was sold in a pre-pack deal to existing management.
Joint administrators Kelly Burton and Lisa Hogg from Yorkshire-based Wilson Field were called in by directors of Swansea-based Bay Cleaning Solutions on 19 October 2017.
The company, based at Walter Road in Swansea, had seen significant growth over the last two years but increased direct costs and administrative expenses had rendered the company loss-making.
Cash flow problems had resulted in the accumulation of substantial tax arrears and other debt and despite attempts to seek increased borrowing and arrange a payment plan with HMRC, the company was placed into administration.
MRB Cleaning Limited bought the company with all 245 part-time staff being transferred to the new company under TUPE.
In saving all the jobs, Wilson Field mitigated employee termination claims in the nature of wage arrears, accrued holiday pay, redundancy and pay-in-lieu of notice which equates to almost £137,500, offering a better return to creditors.
Kelly Burton, director and insolvency practitioner at Wilson Field, said:
“We are pleased that the sale of the company to MRB has resulted in all 245 jobs being secured and that the business will continue to trade. This is a substantial number of jobs saved. We determined that a pre-packaged sale would be in the best interests of creditors.”
BCS has over three decades of experience in the field of commercial cleaning with its core business relying on high footfall premises such as pubs, clubs and restaurants.
It also worked in areas including commercial cleaning, specialist cleaning, building maintenance, student accommodation, end of tenancy, hard floor and domestic cleaning.
Robert McArdle of David Currie & Co of Manchester dealt with asset disposal while Shulmans Solicitors of Leeds handled the legals.