Administrators launch advice website

BRENDAN Guilfoyle and Chris White of The P&A Partnership, who were appointed joint administrators of Haldanes Stores Ltd., and Ruston Retail Ltd., on Wednesday, have set up online support for staff made redundant.

Twenty-three out of 26 stores in Scotland and England were closed and 600 employees made redundant prior to the appointment of the administrators.

In Arbroath, 15 employees lost their jobs when the outlet in East Muirlands Road closed on Tuesday.

Mr Guilfoyle commented: “Our priority is to provide support for former employees. This new website will give them guidance and advice on entitlements, including how to make claims to the Redundancy Payments Office.”

P&A’s website to help staff is

Three stores, in Tattershall, Wigton and Crieff, remain open and are trading.

Mr Guilfoyle confirmed that Haldane Retail Group Ltd., UGO Stores Ltd., Haldanes Express Ltd. and Bakery Products Ltd. are unaffected by the administration and are trading as usual.

The P&A Partnership is a leading specialist business turnaround and insolvency firm with offices across the UK, including Glasgow and London.

Their support for businesses includes restructuring, finance brokering, debt collection and selling assets.

Last week the chief executive of Haldane Stores, Arthur Harris, stated: “The directors and I are devastated at having to take this step and our thoughts are with our employees in Arbroath who find themselves with an uncertain future.

“We would like to publicly thank them for their efforts and loyalty during their time with Haldanes.

“We will work closely with the administrator and do our utmost to secure the future of a group of stores in the Haldanes estate.”