Massacre of the innocents: firms liquidated as a result of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 regulations

Massacre of the innocents: firms liquidated as a result of the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 regulations

There’s a growing body of opinion in the Conservative Party and the commercial community that believes the Government’s Covid-19 regulations are systematically destroying businesses. Not the zombie firms who stagger from one bail-out to another but fiscally sound businesses whose customers have been taken away by the regulations and deemed unviable by the chancellor.

Historic school liquidated

Barbara Speake School of Performing Arts was founded at the end of the Second World War but after 75 years the network of dance, singing and acting schools is being liquidated. The school in Acton in London was up sale for £2,750,000 but has been withdrawn from the market. Alumni includes the model Naomi Campbell, the rock star Phil Collins and actor Kwame-Armah.

Sandwich shop folds

The Hog and Hedge sandwich shop and cafe in Newbury has shut down. It closed its doors this summer and has since been listed by the Insolvency Service as defunct. A string of cafes, sandwich shops and pubs have closed due to a lack of customers this summer in part due to the Government’s policy of encouraging office workers to work from home.

Rover doesn’t return

Another sector hit by the regulations is the holiday and travel business with the latest casualty closing down after 70 years in business. Rover European Travel said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have made the very difficult decision to close the doors and cease trading. The pandemic has had a devastating effect across all areas of our business with a complete loss of revenue for our private hire, day tours and holidays in what is usually our busiest time of year.”

The firm based in Nailsworth in Gloucestershire organised coach trips to Europe, theatre excursions and holidays in the UK and abroad.

Photography studio liquidated

A round a million plus freelancers and sole traders have had not help from the Government’s Covid-19 schemes including photographers. Based in Buckinghamshire All The World’s A Studio has been liquidated after work more or less ended on March 23 with the lock down. No customers and no business.

Ian Carrotte of ICSM Credit said: “Perfectly good businesses are being ruined by the restrictions – with no end in sight with the Covid-19 virus not going away. We need to live with it and allow all businesses to reopen with common sense precautions.”

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