Northern burger group KerbEdge to cease trading after winding up order

By Finn Scott-Delany

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Northern burger group KerbEdge to cease trading after winding up order

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KerbEdge, the North East-based burger restaurant concept, has been ordered to wind up by the High Court, according to BigHospitality’s sister publication MCA.

The Adam Bryson-led concept, which opened four restaurants and two pub residencies, will cease trading with all sites to close.

Trading as KerbEdge, Voip Communications International Limited faced a winding up petition from Matthew Clarke Bibendum.

The concept, which opened its first standalone restaurant in November 2017, opened sites in Hull; Darlington; Sheffield West One; Sheffield Fox Valley; and had a fifth set to open in St Stephen’s shopping centre in Hull.

The Darlington restaurant closed within months of opening, with £70,000 invested into the site. It was reportedly losing £3,000 a week, blamed on a lack of footfall in the shopping scheme, and World Cup related violence leading local officials to cancel football screenings.

The expansion was backed by investor Matt Haycox, who told MCA​ he had put well in excess of £40,000 into the business, but was no longer involved, and had never seen a return on his investment.

Haycox previously owned the seven-strong Wildcats lap dance club group, which was placed into administration in 2008 owing creditors an estimated £3m, leading to him being banned by the Insolvency Service from being a director for 12 years in 2010.

Haycox told MCA​: “The bottom line is I have never been actively involved in the business [KerbEdge] since day one. I was a silent investor in a business that unfortunately didn’t work out. Such is life, some you win some you lose.”

Bryson, who is also listed as a director of Haycox’s Harlie’s Diner in Leeds, was approached for comment by MCA​ but did not respond.

A liquidator has yet to be appointed.

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