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BREAKING NEWS: National FM folds due to Covid impact

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National FM was based in Warminster, Wiltshire.

Warminster-based distributor, National Facilities Management (National FM), has closed its doors.

The company, which has operated in the market for 17 years, appears to have become the latest casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, exiting the industry on the same day that Boris Johnson announced a four-week national lockdown in England starting this Thursday.

Emails to managing director, Geoff Mitchell, are currently met with an automatic response which states: “Unfortunately, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the hospitality sector, and the resultant reduction in the demand for our business, we have taken the difficult decision to close National Facilities Management Ltd with effect from 31 October 2020.”

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The message also advises those interested to contact the company’s administrators, Diana Frangou and Chris Lewis of RSM Restructuring Advisory in Birmingham for more information.

Catering Insight reached out to Lewis this morning. He declined to go into details except to say: “I confirm that the company is not in administration. We are aware of the company but I can’t comment any further.”

National FM’s phone line currently seems to be unmanned, though its website is still online.

The distributor describes itself as “a hospitality-led facilities management company”, working within the leisure sector, providing services including the design, supply and installation of foodservice areas, reactive help desk assistance, and ongoing maintenance.

Foodservice projects the Wiltshire-based distributor has been involved in over the years include: the Ram Inn, Wandsworth, London; Eggslut, Portabello Road, London; Le Monde restaurant, Cardiff; The Halal Guys, Leicester Square, London; The Draft Haus, Chancery Lane, London; Youngs burger shack & bar at Fire Stables in Wimbledon; Youngs burger shack at the Weyside in Guildford; and The Old Custom House, Penarth.

The business was incorporated 2003 first as Wessex Catering Maintenance by Anthony Morgan, subsequently becoming Wessex Facilities Management in 2006. It then changed its name again to National Facilities Management in 2008 around the same time current MD Mitchell was appointed to his role.

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Clare Nicholls

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2 Comments

  1. How does a company go from having 2.6 million in the bank 12 months before to zilch now. This stinks, and to say Geoff values their creditors is nonsense. zero communication or emails back since march.

  2. sad news for our industry yet again .
    i really don’t feel anyone who has been in business for 17 years would make this decision lightly!!.
    The trade needs to support its distributors and assist them to work through it, if they are experiencing difficulties ,
    At the end of the day its in everyone’s interest to support its clients and supply chain, i.e. the distributor or working partner .
    The trade takes orders from the distributors mainly .
    Therefore It doesn’t sell anything or do to much to generate the profit! its provided by the distributor foc! Its the distributors which do all the hard work selling project managing and creating the profit chain for the trade supplier foc .
    Perhaps you should look back over the years trading and see how much profit this distributor has provided you with absolutely free of charge, then take that off what ever your owed .
    I’m sure it will be a positive result for your business hopefully, so perhaps you should call them up and thank them for all the support and profit they have made you rather than trash them.

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