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Press releaseThe National Videogame Arcade is a unique national centre which is dedicated to history and development of computer and video games. The museum itself contains many rare and original videogames and consoles as well as a Toast Bar which serves a wide array of toast-based snacks.
Over its time, it has also been involved in working in collaboration with Arts Council England, Times Educational Supplement, Wellcome Trust and the British Library to name a few. These projects and collaborations focused on developing the role of videogames in culture and education.
Home of the acclaimed GameCity festival, The National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham, sadly fell into cash flow difficulties earlier this year despite an increase in its footfall. An eleventh hour investment by a director-led consortium, led by director Iain Simons, saved all 40 jobs at the increasingly popular tourist attraction and museum.
The cash flow difficulties led to the destination being taken into administration, Wilson Field’s Andy Wood and Lisa Hogg were appointed as joint administrators on 19th August 2016.
Andy Wood, an insolvency practitioner at business turnaround and insolvency specialist, Wilson Field, said;
“The investment story behind the consortium is based on the passion that Iain Simons and his staff have for the GameCity project.
“We were appointed as administrators after the company fell into financial difficulties, despite growing in popularity. The consortium of investors could clearly see the potential to turn the business around and with support from the staff, GameCity has a new future.”
Director of GameCity and investment consortium leader, Iain Simons, was very happy with securing the last minute investment and the service he received from ourselves; “The NVA is like no other facility within the UK and is rapidly growing in popularity. It was devastating to us when we realised that the business was in financial difficulty, but we knew it could be overcome.
“I have to give all credit to the staff here who volunteered to work without pay when we announced that the business was in trouble and this undoubtedly allowed us the time to pull together a consortium of investors to give the facility a bright new future and secure those jobs.
“GameCity is rapidly picking up pace and the Toast Bar, National Videogame Arcade and our collaborations with new partners in the UK and beyond are proving to be just as popular as we’d hoped.”
For more information on GameCity visit http://gamecity.org and for further information about our insolvency procedures, call us on 0800 901 2475.