• CAPA to audit stores at Yorkshire retailer

    The administrators of a Yorkshire-based linen retailer have instructed CAPA to audit all stores the business occupied, to fuel recoveries for creditors.

    CAPA will be undertaking full property audits at all stores occupied by The Towel Rail Ltd, which traded from 19 stores around the north of England as The Yorkshire Linen Company. At its peak, the chain traded from 43 stores nationwide, selling towels, bedding and curtains.

    But like other retailers, the firm had recently suffered under the challenging and unpredictable trading conditions now affecting retail chains around the country.

    After a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) process ended earlier this year, Francis Newton and Sarah Rayment, from the Leeds office of business advisory firm BDO, were then appointed administrators on June 13.

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  • CAPA inks deal to audit Europe’s largest luxury pen retailer

    The administrators involved in rescuing a retailer of luxury pens have instructed CAPA to audit properties across the business.

    CAPA will be auditing 20 stores operated by The Pen Shop Ltd, which has been trading for more than 160 years since its formation in 1858, after the firm was bought out of administration. The buyout saved 40 jobs at the company, which is headquartered in Morpeth, Northumberland, and will now focus on growing its online proposition.

    The Pen Shop had recently suffered due to the severe trading conditions for Britain’s high street retailers.

    Ultimately, the business entered insolvency in March 2019, when Christopher Ferguson and Linda Farish, business recovery and insolvency practitioners at Newcastle-based firm RMT Accountants and Business Advisors, were appointed joint administrators.

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  • CAPA called in to audit beauty chain

    The liquidators of a large chain of tanning salons have appointed CAPA to audit all properties across the business.

    Carter Clark, the business recovery and insolvency firm, has appointed CAPA to conduct full property audits of 14 sites occupied by Premier International Leisure Ltd, which traded as Absolutely Fabulous from salons around the south of England.

    As an SME, Absolutely Fabulous had operated a network of successful beauty and sunbed salons for over 20 years.

    After challenging trading conditions, the business entered a creditors’ voluntary liquidation. Alan J Clark, co-founder of the business recovery and insolvency firm Carter Clark, was appointed liquidator in June 2019.

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  • CAPA attends Ascot’s QIPCO King George Weekend

    CAPA were delighted to attend the opening day of the King George weekend at Ascot on July 26th where 16 guests joined us in our private box.

    The QIPCO King George weekend is the most important, historic and glamorous racing meeting on Ascot’s calendar. It is British racing’s summer garden party taking place over two days, which for close on 70 years has been Europe’s mid-season championship race for middle-distance horses. 

    Ascot has held a unique place in British and social culture since it was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne and today it welcomes more than 630,000 guests each year.

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  • Deadline extended for TRI Awards

    We are once again Headline sponsor of the TRI Awards 2019. Have you entered yet? With 30 categories ranging from Diversity ChampionTurnaround of the Year and Insolvency Team of the Year to the new categories, Special Award for Pro-Bono ServiceTRI Employer of the Year and TRI Award for Forensic Investigation of the Year, there’s something for everyone across this dynamic marketplace.


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    Please Quote CAPA to benefit from a free entry deadline extension to the 9th August.

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  • KPMG appoints CAPA on latest casualty of Monarch group

    The administrators of an aircraft engineering firm, which was part of the collapsed Monarch Airlines Group, have appointed CAPA to audit the company.

    As administrators of Monarch Aircraft Engineering Limited (MAEL), the engineering arm of the Monarch group, KPMG has now appointed CAPA to audit business rates paid out at all the vast aircraft hangars used by MAEL.

    The company provided engineering maintenance services from hangars at London Luton Airport and Birmingham Airport. MAEL also ran a training academy, sold aircraft spare parts and provided day-to-day services at other UK airports along with four more in Spain, Poland and the Ukraine.

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  • CAPA sponsors children’s hospital charity golf day 2019

    Capa were delighted to be Gold Sponsor of The 26th Annual Philip and Bernice Frieze Charity Golf Tournament which took place on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Pinehills Golf Club in Plymouth, MA. The tournament benefits The Philip and Bernice Frieze Fund at Boston Children’s Hospital.

    Since it began in 1994, the tournament has raised over $4.3 million with $500,000 raised at this years tournament. The event was founded by and is organized by employees of Gordon Brothers in the name of the company’s former CEO, Philip Frieze, who passed away in 1993. More information about the event can be found here https://t.co/MKSU0vVde0

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  • CAPA instructed on former Threshers and Hartley's chain of stores

    The liquidators of an off-licence chain with stores around Britain have instructed CAPA to conduct a full property audit on all sites the firm ever occupied.

    M&O Trading, which at its peak had more than 180 employees, posted £25m in annual turnover and traded from 45 stores nationwide, entered liquidation in the early part of 2019.

    The company, whose stores had traded for many years under the brands Hartley’s, Mulberrys, The Offie and Easy Hours, had previously acquired a network of former Threshers stores in around 2010, after the former off licence chain entered administration.

    But M&O Trading later entered financial difficulty itself and ultimately, after several stores closed down, the business entered insolvency. William Batty and Hugh Jesseman, of the insolvency and restructuring firm Anthony Batty & Company, were appointed liquidators in January 2019. Stephen Evans, a colleague and insolvency practitioner at Anthony Batty & Company, was later added as a liquidator in June 2019.

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  • CAPA instructed on luxury chocolatier with Belgravia and Chelsea stores

    The administrators of a luxury chocolate brand with high-end sites across central London have appointed CAPA to audit the retailer’s stores.

    BDO has appointed CAPA to audit the head office and five confectioneries run by Rococo, which has been selling luxury chocolate goods on affluent London high streets since 1983.

    Like many other retail brands, Rococo has been suffering difficult trading conditions which had impacted its working capital position.

    The directors decided an administration was required to provide a stable financial platform to rescue the company. Kerry Bailey and Danny Dartnaill, of the business restructuring division of BDO, were appointed administrators of Rococo on May 23. They are now looking for a buyer of the business.

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  • CAPA close to securing 30% rent cut for American Golf

    The Property team at CAPA is fast approaching a 30% rent saving for American Golf, the specialist sports retailer, after negotiating with landlords to agree new lease terms.

    The team have also secured shorter, more palatable leases, and are 90% of the way through transferring 120 stores from the previous company, which is in administration, to the new company owned by turnaround investor Endless.

    CAPA was initially retained by Endless to negotiate with American Golf’s landlords in 2018, after Endless purchased the retailer from administrators at Deloitte.

    The retailer’s estate comprises a mixture of on-course stores, retail park locations and standalone A-road sites.

    CAPA has also recently been negotiating with landlords of properties occupied by other household-name retailers, such as Karen Millen, Go Mobile and Crabtree & Evelyn, to secure new lease terms.

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