Tue, 22 Jan 2019 | ADMINISTRATION
A Nottingham-based jewellery and watches company has fallen into administration.
Chapelle Jewellery & Watches, which has humble beginnings as a family-run business established almost 40 years ago, was forced to call in professional services company Duff & Phelps Ltd to handle the administration process, with partners Philip Duffy and Sarah Bell appointed as joint administrators.
Director of Duff & Phelps, Jim Saunders, commented on the administration stating that: “Whilst the current management team has spent the last two years working hard to enhance the store estate, brand proposition and driving significant operational efficiencies, economic uncertainty continues to weigh heavily on consume confidence.
“In addition, retailers face rising business rates, national minimum wage increases and a paradigm shift in the retail landscape.
“This has impacted most retailers and as a result of trading losses, Chapelle could no longer meet its ongoing liabilities.”
The administrators were appointed for both Mortimer Management Group Limited and The Jewellery Outlet Limited, which together trade under the Chapelle name. In 2015, the company was sold to investment firm Hilco UK, which until recently owned HMV which also entered administration late last year.
The company ran 24 stores across the country but was forced to shut three down due to the currently “extremely challenging” climate in the retail sector. Despite the negative landscape, the company has reported a turnover of more than £24 million and will continue to trade until a buyer is sought.
Chapelle’s founders, Paul and Margaret Mortimer, commented on the situation, saying: “Chapelle was the leader in its field when we sold it in 2015. It could certainly still be profitable and successful again and we sincerely hope that a retail focused buyer can be found.”
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