Beales Gourmet enters administration 'as a direct result' of Coronavirus crisis

By James McAllister

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Catering company Beales Gourmet enters administration 'as a direct result' of Coronavirus crisis

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Dorset-based catering company Beales Gourmet has fallen into administration 'as a direct result' of the Coronavirus crisis.

David Meany and Andrew Watling of business advisory firm Quantuma have been appointed as joint administrators.

Along with the two directors and owners, Molly and Tony Beales, the business employs 14 permanent staff, along with six regular casual staff. All permanent staff have been furloughed.

According to Quantuma, Beales Gourmet entered administration as a direct result of Covid-19 pandemic, with the lockdown impacting around 250 of the company’s forthcoming bookings.

“Beales Gourmet is a well-respected company throughout the UK wedding and events community, and had a busy pipeline of events for the summer months,” says Meany.

“It is unfortunate that, the current unprecedented crisis and restrictions around social gathering, have had an impact on what was otherwise a highly successful and reputable business. 

“We are exploring the possibility of securing buyers for the internal and external event sections of the business in an effort to maximise the return for clients and creditors, secure employment and potentially provide continuity for some of the clients who have weddings and other events booked.”

Late last month Lancashire‐based event catering business Cookeze, which traded under the name Patisserie by Nigel Smith and was founded by the eponymous chef, also collapsed as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis​, with a loss of 72 jobs.

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