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Scarborough and Whitby Hotel Owner Enters Administration

Scarborough and Whitby Hotel Owner Enters Administration

Published by Matthew Pells at 5:57pm 22nd May 2020. (Updated at 6:06pm 22nd May 2020)

A major holiday company which operates hotels in Scarborough and Whitby and brings tours to the Yorkshire Coast has entered administration.

SLG Group operates the Bay Norbreck Hotel and Bay New Southlands Hotel in Scarborough and the Bay Royal Whitby Hotel.

The Group, which operates Shearings Holidays, National Holidays (trading as Caledonian Travel), UK Breakaways, Coast & Country Hotels, Bay Hotels, Country Living Hotels, and Wallace Arnold Travel, has ceased trading with immediate effect.

Bay Hotels, Coast & Country Hotels and Country Living Hotels will not reopen.

Administrators say All tours, cruises, holidays and hotel breaks booked with the Specialist Leisure Group have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

It says The hotels on the Yorkshire coast will not reopen.

The company says it has cease trading due to the impact of COVID-19

In a statement the administrators said..

Specialist Leisure Group Limited, Shearings Group Limited, Shearings Holidays Limited, Shearings Hotels Limited, Shearings Limited, National Holidays Tours Limited, National Holidays Limited, Wallace Arnold Travel Limited, and UK Breakaways Limited (together ‘the Specialist Leisure Group’ or ‘the Group’) have today been placed into Administration and ceased to trade with immediate effect.

All tours, holidays and hotel breaks booked with the Group have been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
In the first instance, customers are advised to visit the Specialist Leisure Group’s website at https://www.specialistleisuregroup.com/for further information, where they can also find relevant links and instructions on how to make a claim for a refund.

The Administrators will also be making every effort to contact customers whose travel plans have been cancelled as a result of the Administrations or COVID-19, in writing with more information about making a claim.

 

Specialist Leisure Group is a British hotel and leisure travel company specialising in escorted tours, short breaks, events and river cruises throughout the UK, Europe and worldwide for the over 50s.

Headquartered in Wigan the Group employs over 2,400 people across its 44 UK hotels and travel brands.

The vast majority of customers are expected to have financial protection from one of the Confederation of Passenger Transport, Bonded Coach Holidays, ATOL or ABTA, or through their credit or debit card issuer.

The Administrators say they will also be making every effort to contact customers, whose travel plans have been cancelled as a result of the Administrations or COVID-19, in writing with more information about making a claim.

Joint Administrator, Sam Woodward, commented:

“The Group has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as all tours, trips and events have been cancelled and the hotels closed to the public, leading to a significant cash shortfall.

The directors of the Group have been in discussions with a number of parties, seeking a going concern buyer for the business. Unfortunately, despite interest in the Group as a whole and in parts, no viable transaction structure was able to be agreed and, as a result, the Group was placed into Administration.”

Administrators sat that regrettably, the jobs of 2,460 employees, 2,207 of which were furloughed at the time of appointment, will now have to be made redundant. Approximately 70 employees will initially be retained to assist the Administrators in disposing of the assets and winding down the business.

Sam Woodward added:

“Our immediate priority is to advise and support those employees and customers that have been impacted by the Group’s insolvency. We are making every effort to contact all customers, who have had their bookings cancelled as a result of the Administrations or COVID-19, with information to assist them in making a claim. Customers should be assured that claims do not need to be submitted immediately and refunds will continue to be accepted for up to six months.

We will also be seeking to realise the remaining assets of the Group’s business for the benefit of creditors and we are therefore seeking offers from interested parties.”

Comments

There are 4 comments on this page.

yorkshireboy, on 23rd May 2020 7:36am
This is not down to the virus.

Shearings have been struggling for sometime as have most coach tour companies.
Yorkshire80, on 27th May 2020 3:01pm
They may have been struggling but clearly the virus didn't help and probably finished the company off
Mark Smith, on 23rd May 2020 3:13pm
I wonder if the Britannia Group will be next? Anyone heard anything?
Rogertrucks, on 25th May 2020 8:57am
Obviously dramatic drop in revenue killed them, sad thing is lot of long serving employees living in Hotels, feel very sorry for friends I have made going to Royal at Whitby 5/6 times a year for last 8 years...Few weeks closure for a 210 guest capacity Hotel ruinous...Imagine leasing costs on 2/300 coaches wow.

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