North East furniture retailer goes into administration

Steve Ross and Allan Kelly of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP were appointed Joint Administrators to Dickinsons Furnishers Limited on 3 January 2018.

Dickinsons, which can trace its roots back to 1878, is a premium furniture retailer operating from shops in Hexham (Northumberland), Alnwick (Northumberland) and Carlisle (Cumbria). The head office and warehousing are also based in Hexham.

The company had been wound down and ceased to trade during December 2017. It employed 39 people in total.

Steve Ross, partner at RSM and joint Administrator, said:

‘The Company has seen a significant downturn in trade on the back of well publicised reductions in consumer spending throughout 2017. It held a number of sales in the lead up to our appointment and unfortunately there was no opportunity to continue to trade. The business has therefore been closed.

‘Regrettably all staff are in the process of being made redundant and we are working with them regarding their claims to the Redundancy Payments Service. Creditors and other interested parties will be contacted in due course.

‘We fully appreciate that this will cause significant concern for those customers who have placed and/or paid for orders and are reconciling stock held to orders; we would advise those customers to contact RSM in the first instance.’