Shades Graphics Limited was established in 2011 to provide specialist printing services. It traded from its premises in Stockport and had a turnover of c£2.5 million last year. The company fell into financial difficulties, after the loss of a significant customer and the related turnover. In addition, the company invested heavily in the development of a new product range. This investment caused a strain on the Company’s cash flow and ultimately did not result in an increase in turnover.
The Directors of the company realised that they had insufficient funds to maintain its payments to suppliers and were unlikely to obtain further funding to continue trading. The Directors subsequently sought the appointment of Daniel Plant and Simon Franklin Plant of SFP as Joint Administrators on 26 July 2019.
Agents were instructed to undertake a marketing campaign and a valuation of the business. During this period, the Joint Administrators traded the business for seven days. Following the passing of the deadline for offers, a sale of the business and assets was completed and the majority of employees have transferred to the purchasing business.
The Joint Administrators’ strategy ensured that the company’s business and assets were exposed to the market as widely as possible whilst the business was maintained as a going concern despite the company’s insolvency. They successfully completed a sale of the business and assets on a going concern basis and preserved the employment of fourteen employees.