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Thu 13th May 2021 - Drake & Morgan plans CVA, three sites to close
Drake & Morgan plans CVA, three sites to close: Drake & Morgan, the London-based bar and restaurant group backed by Bowmark Capital, is planning to enter a company voluntary arrangement (CVA). This follows a strategic review of the business that concluded action was required to enable the company to weather the unprecedented and challenging trading conditions that have affected the entire hospitality industry as a result of covid-19 and government-imposed lockdowns. The proposal seeks the support of landlords and, together with the backing of other creditors in recent months, will secure the long-term future of the business. It will, however, lead to the closure of three of the group’s 22 bars and restaurants – the Allegory and The Listing, both in London, and The Refinery in Spinningfields in Manchester All team members in affected sites will be offered alternative roles within the company. Founder and chief executive Jillian MacLean said: “We started last year as a profitable and growing business and, in common with the rest of the hospitality industry, have been significantly affected by repeated lockdowns and tier restrictions. This course of action, if approved, will safeguard the future of the group and give it the breathing space it needs to recover. We would like to thank all our stakeholders for their support during this challenging period. We have started to welcome our customers back to our bars and restaurants, and we’re fortunate to have a number of large terraces that are in demand. We have spent the past year developing our teams and innovating our product, and we are now looking to the future.” Drake & Morgan has appointed two partners of Deloitte to advise on the CVA. Gavin Maher, a partner at Deloitte, said: “The CVA will allow flexibility in this period of uncertain trading by moving to a predominantly turnover-based rent model for its duration. Drake & Morgan was a successful business prior to covid-19 and this action will enable the business to emerge strongly from the pandemic.”

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