LK Bennett set to file for administration

High street fashion house LK Bennett, a favourite of the Duchess of Cambridge, is set to file for administration, putting up to 500 jobs at 41 stores at risk. LK Bennett is said to be working with EY to help decide the “best way through” the upcoming “difficult and unstable times.” The Mail looks at how royal endorsement can lead to financial problems for fashion companies, throwing production processes into disarray leading to spiralling costs. The Telegraph cites experts who say prices hikes left shoppers behind while high business rates also hit the company hard.

LK Bennett seeks funding to fend off insolvency

High street retailer LK Bennett has announced that it is looking for emergency funding to stay afloat, as the chain attempts to avoid going into administration.

In an email to employees, company founder Linda Bennett referred to the challenging conditions facing high street businesses, stating: “These are difficult and unstable times, and we are doing everything we can to identify the best way forward.”

Having sold her majority stake in the chain to Phoenix Equity Partners in 2008, Bennett bought back the business in 2017 after it began to struggle, and invested an estimated £11.2m into turning it around. The most recent figures show that the firm lost £6million in the year to July 2017.

UPDATE 11/3/2019. LK Bennett calls in administrators

High-end fashion chain LK Bennett has collapsed into administration, with EY appointed to carry out the process. Joint administrator Dan Hurd said that amid “tough trading conditions” for retailers, LK Bennett had been “further impacted by significant rent increases and business rate rises”. According to the most recent accounts, LK Bennett had 130 stores globally – with 41 in the UK employing around 480 staff.

The FT reported on Saturday that sources who know LK Bennett founder Linda Bennett have suggested she might buy the best parts of the business out of administration in a pre-pack insolvency.


High street retailers face tough market

The past year has proved incredibly difficult for high street businesses. Catherine Shuttleworth, chief executive at shopper marketing agency Savvy, notes that “expensive store estates and a shopper who is spending more time online” have proven a bad combination for brick-and-mortar retailers, with dozens of brands entering administration in recent months.

Orla Kiely, Coast, and East all went into administration last year, alongside Toys R Us, Maplin and Poundworld. In addition, retailers including New Look, Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser and Homebase all took drastic action to avoid entering administration – entering Company Voluntary Agreements and announcing significant store closures. US fashion chain Gap has also announced plans to close 230 stores.

BetterBathrooms enters administration

As LK Bennett fights to stay afloat, retail chain BetterBathrooms has also announced that it is entering administration. The UK’s largest independent bathroom retailer has made all but 10 of its 335 employees redundant and closed all showrooms and trade counters, with administrators saying that the company had “suffered from severe cashflow difficulties and an extended period of soft trading.”

To avoid being sunk by difficult trading conditions and to guard against the threat of both lowering profit margins and potential late payments from struggling clients, businesses should streamline their overheads and fortify their credit management systems to provide as robust liquidity cushion as is possible.

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