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Eleven staff made redundant as new buyer is sought for Somerset footwear Company

Date Published: 15/03/2017

Administrators at business recovery specialists Begbies Traynor have been appointed to seek the sale of a Somerset-based footwear company which has been placed into administration.

Ian Walker, Partner at Begbies Traynor’s office in Exeter, was appointed administrator today of The Blink Partnership Ltd, trading as Ted & Muffy.

A buyer is being sought for the company, which sells high quality boots and shoes and has offices and a warehouse in Frome, as well as a retail store in Bath. The business also has a major online retail presence, selling to customers world-wide.

Ted & Muffy will continue to trade while a buyer is being sought. Eleven of its 38 staff were today given notice of redundancy.

Mr Walker said: “Under previous ownership Ted & Muffy, formerly known as Duo, enjoyed strong sales.

“However sales were unexpectedly badly impacted by a mild Autumn and a major rebranding two years ago.

“In April 2016, Ted & Muffy was rescued out of administration by The Blink Partnership Ltd. 

“However, unfortunately sales haven’t reached expectations and the business has no alternative but to find a new buyer.

“The business will continue to trade while a new buyer is being sought, and meanwhile there are no significant arrears of creditors.”

Mr Walker said interested parties were being encouraged to come forward as quickly as possible by contacting him or Jonathan Trembath at the Begbies Traynor's Exeter office on 01392 260 800.

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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.

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