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Mon 30th Sep 2013 - Jongleurs firm collapses after site closures
Jongleurs firm collapses after site closures: Jongleurs operator Momo Leisure, which ran five comedy clubs, has collapsed into administration after losing two sites which it sub-leased from operators that have gone under. Momo Leisure ran sites in Birmingham, London and Bristol independently, as well as nights in Nottingham and Cardiff alongside the nightclub owner Luminar. By going into voluntary liquidation, the firm becomes the third company linked to Jongleurs to go under in four years. Regent Inns, which owned the chain at its peak, collapsed in 2009, with the rights to the brand name reverting to original founders Maria Kempinska and John Davy. In 2011 Luminar, which was running Jongleurs clubs in 12 of its venues, was put into administration. Several of the comedy clubs were subsequently closed. Luminar unveiled a "major partnership" with Momo in July to open more Jongleurs clubs and "revitalise the much-loved brand", starting with Cardiff. A site in Nottingham opened subsequently. The Jongleurs nights at the Bliss nightclub in Birmingham and the Sports Cafe in central London closed last month when the venues’ owners went under. Anyone owed money by Momo has been given notice under the Insolvency Act that the Birmingham-based corporate recovery specialist Rod Butcher, of Butcher Woods, has been appointed as insolvency practitioner. Creditors have been invited by an official notice issued on 23 September to a meeting on 4 October to discuss the company’s affairs, and the appointment of a liquidator. Luminar chief executive Peter Marks told Propel: “We will be continuing with Jongleurs and would like to do more. Momo had issues with closures in Birmingham and London, which knocked them for six. They are starting afresh with a new business.”

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