Covid and Brexit put paid to experienced Croydon dealer

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Kenyard Distributors has closed its doors after 42 years in business.

Croydon-based catering equipment dealer, Kenyard Distributors, closed its doors at the end of last year.

The outfit has been providing professional kitchens to the catering industry for more than 40 years and also had an office in Dubai.

According to a notice published on the London Gazette website, Kenyard convened a general members’ meeting on 9 December and passed a resolution that the company be wound up voluntarily.

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Simultaneously, Simon Gwinnutt and Sajid Sattar of Birmingham-based Greenfield Recovery were appointed joint liquidators to carry out the winding up.

Companies House shows that Kenyard was incorporated in 1980, with the current sole director listed as Araf Mughal. The business’ website and phone number have now both been discontinued.

Catering Insight reached out to Greenfield Recovery, which responded with a statement outlining: “The 40 year-old UK company which started up in Croydon and was involved in supplying, installing and servicing high quality commercial catering and refrigeration plant sourced historically from France, was closed in 2021 by its sole director of 20 years, following a loss-making period from which it could not recover.

“The company lost a key member of staff in 2016 and this adversely affected the business. However it was the combined effects of Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, which sealed the fate of the company and led to its eventual closure.”

The business recovery firm further detailed: “The company shut down with minimal tangible assets and debts of some £150,000, of which two-thirds is owing to HMRC. The liquidator, Greenfield Recovery, is in the process of carrying out its routine enquiries and will report to the company’s creditors in due course.”

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