Date Published: 1st September 2011
TTS Enterprises Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bideford-based Charity Torridge Training Services Ltd, has been placed into Liquidation. Ian Walker and Julie Palmer, Partners at the Exeter office of corporate rescue and recovery specialists Begbies Traynor, have been appointed Liquidators.
The Charity, Torridge Training Services Ltd, is largely unaffected by the liquidation of its trading arm, and will continue to provide employability, vocational and life skills training in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. The trading company, TTS Enterprises Limited, was set up in 1990 as a means of raising money for the Charity through commercial activities. Its principal activity was Headstart, an Apprenticeship hairdressing training scheme funded by the Skills Funding Agency.
The Company had also traded as First Aid South West, providing first aid training to a range of clients and also opened a frozen yoghurt outlet, Hugg Frozen Yoghurts, in the Princesshay Shopping Centre in Exeter in 2010.
Cashflow problems were encountered during early 2011, partly as a result of cancellations and delayed payments being received for courses which had sometimes been sold up to twelve months previously, and partly due to underperformance in other activities. While the Directors put measures in place to address the way courses were sold, it became clear that the overall cashflow position meant that the company could no longer continue. TTS Enterprises Ltd was placed into Liquidation on August 25th 2011.
The Trustees of Torridge Training Services Limited expressed their regret with regard to the liquidation of its subsidiary and the impact it has had on all self employed trainers and suppliers. They stated; “The charity will continue to provide the quality of service to its stakeholders that it has done over the past 23 years”.
Julie is a law graduate who qualified with Price Waterhouse in 1994. Julie joined Smith & Williamson in 1997 and became a partner in 2001. With Mike Stevenson, Julie set up Middleton Partners offices in Salisbury and Southampton, both of which are now part of Begbies Traynor.
Julie is a member of the Insolvency Practitioners Association and is a Fellow of The Association of Business Recovery Professionals. Julie deals with all aspects of Corporate Recovery and turnaround work and takes all form of personal insolvency appointments.