ao link
0 £0.00
This item was added to your basket
Powered by
Credit Strategy homepage

All 79 Mothercare UK stores to close as PwC administrators called in

Around 2,500 Mothercare UK jobs are at risk after PwC administrators Zelf Hussain, David Robert Baxendale and Mark Banfield were appointed as joint administrators to the beleaguered retailer.

The joint administrators are to undertake a phased closure of its 79 UK stores as they oversee the wind-down of Mothercare UK and Mothercare Business Services.


Around 500 of the jobs at risk are full-time posts, including head office roles, with the remaining 2,000 part-time.


While the international franchise operations are profitable, the UK segment has been loss-making for several years, Mothercare said. The directors have in recent times explored many options to restructure Mothercare UK, including a company voluntary arrangement (CVA) in May 2018.


Despite the restructuring that followed the CVA, trading has remained challenging, with reduced consumer spending and a fundamental change in high street retail.


The joint administrators will continue to trade the UK business and have appointed Gordon Brothers as agents to provide an experienced retail team to work in partnership with the head office, store and divisional teams. The UK store portfolio will be wound down over the coming weeks and months.


Zelf Hussain, joint administrator and PwC partner, said: “This is a sad moment for a well-known high street name. No-one is immune from the challenging conditions faced by the UK retail sector. Like many other retailers, Mothercare has been hit hard by increasing cost pressures and changes in consumer spending.”


“It’s with real regret that we have to implement a phased closure of all UK stores. Our focus will be to help employees and keep the stores trading for as long as possible.”


The Turnaround, Restructuring and Insolvency (TRI) Conference takes place on November 13 at the London Hilton Bankside. Visit its site to view the agenda and book your place.

Please login to continue reading this article.

Not a member?

Become a member

FREE registration. No credit card required

Register now
  • Stay up-to-date with industry news and appointments
  • Hear about events first
  • Read 1 free Premium article per month

Become a premium member

From as little as £3.48 per week

Become Premium
  • All the perks of a standard member plus:
  • Access to the entire Credit Strategy website
  • 12 months subscription to Credit Strategy Magazine
  • 25% discount to all conferences
  • Exclusive access to Premium Member only roundtables
  • 50% off award entry fees



Company insolvencies up 71%

Company insolvencies up 71%

Next six months will be “make or break” for chains, says PwC

Next six months will be “make or break” for chains, says PwC

FRC issues formal complaint against KPMG for Carillion audit 

FRC issues formal complaint against KPMG for Carillion audit 

Credit Strategy
LinkedIn page

Member of

Did you find our website useful?

Thank you for your input

Thank you for your feedback – an online news and information service for the UK’s commercial and consumer credit industry. is published by Shard Financial Media Limited, registered in England & Wales as 5481132, Axe & Bottle Court, 70 Newcomen St, London, SE1 1YT. All rights reserved. Credit Strategy is committed to diversity in the workplace. @ Copyright Shard Media Group