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Wilko Ltd, a discount retailer which currently employs about 12,000 people at 400 stores across the UK, filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators on 27 July 2023, after failing to find an offer that provides the required liquidity, given the company’s cash position. Wilko, which is one of the biggest privately-owned retailers in Britain, has reportedly struggled with a lack of cash, supply chain disruptions and a significant drop in footfall, due in part to competition from rivals including B&M, Poundland, Home Bargains and The Range. The company is reportedly continuing discussions with potential buyers.

Chadderton Total-Care Unit Limited, a care home in Chadderton, Oldham, entered administration on 26 July 2023. Immediately following the appointment of Kerry Bailey and Danny Dartnaill of BDO as Joint Administrators, certain of the company’s business and assets were acquired by Oldham for Oldham Total Care Limited (OTCL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, safeguarding approximately 200 jobs and securing the continued provision of services to over 100 vulnerable residents. Weightmans, led by Partners Charles Boyne and Mike Clifford, acted for OTCL, and Addleshaw Goddard acted for the Joint Administrators.

Julien Macdonald Limited, a celebrity fashion house, was placed in liquidation on 12 July. The Welsh fashion house is fronted by Julien Macdonald, OBE, who has worked with brands such as Chanel, Givenchy and redesigned the flight attendant uniforms for British Airways. His clothing has been worn by celebrities such as BeyoncéKylie Minogue and Jennifer Lopez and the designer has appeared as a judge on TV show Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model. The business fell into trouble during the Covid pandemic which affected all aspects of the retail sector. Julien Macdonald lost a significant proportion of revenue following the collapse of Debenhams at the end of 2020. Alan Coleman and Marco Piacquadio​ of FTS Recovery were appointed as joint liquidators.

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