The uks biggest licensee of menswear merchant ben sherman has actually registered last-resort negotiations with creditors with a strategy to close more than a third of its shops and renegotiate lease using remaining landlords.

Baird group, which is the owner of companies eg suit direct and runs jeff banks, on thursday submitted for a so-called company voluntary contract, an insolvency proceeding that enables businesses to renegotiate debts with creditors as they carry on investing.

The leeds-based business is struck specially defectively by insolvency and closures at department store chain debenhams, through which it operates 87 concessions, making up 60 % of outlets at 3rd party stores.

Baird group is seeking to shut 18 lossmaking independent shops and lay-off 264 people in retail and circulation staff around a 3rd of their staff almost all of whom work in the debenhams concessions.

The three-month lockdown enforced to curb the spread of coronavirus, now mostly lifted for non-food merchants, introduced numerous already struggling high-street merchants for their legs.

Individuals in retail have borne the brunt of job losings when you look at the wake for the pandemic, with chemists boots and department store string john lewis announcing above 5,000 work cuts earlier in the day this thirty days.

Mark cotter, bairds leader, stated the team faced extraordinary conditions [...] as a consequence of the global pandemic, plus the challenges provided to the business by the administration of debenhams.

He said the organization would refocus on its biggest retail outlets of ben sherman and match direct and further increase its on the web presence in a restructuring that would produce a good platform for an effective and renewable company for several years ahead.

The master plan requires the endorsement with a minimum of 75 percent of teams lenders and a vote is scheduled for august 10.

Howard smith, associate partner at kpmg and proposed joint supervisor of cva, stated baird groups heavy reliance on concession lovers, a subsector of shopping with seen a top degree of insolvencies recently, had contributed to its problems.

Through the lockdown, the group had been obligated to shut most of its 47 stores. ten of their stores have remained shut after limitations on retailers were lifted final month.

Baird group is possessed by egyptian garment manufacturer and retailer arafa holding.

This story happens to be amended to reflect that baird group licenses the ben sherman and jeff banks companies but doesn't get them