Online dealer, Heaton Catering Equipment, is to be wound up voluntarily after calling in the liquidators.
A notification posted on the London Gazette website on Christmas Eve detailed that the Newcastle-based business held a general meeting at the local branch of business advisory firm, FRP Advisory, on 21 December.
The posting detailed that resolutions were passed “that the company be wound up voluntarily and that Andrew Haslam and Tonya Allison, both of FRP Advisory Trading Limited, Newcastle upon Tyne, are hereby appointed joint liquidators for the purposes of such winding up and that anything required or authorised to be done by the joint liquidators be done by both or either of them.”
According to the statement of affairs listed on Companies House, the dealer has accrued over £278,000 of trade debts. Major brands at the top of the creditor list include Nevilles, Zodiac, Rational UK, RBD Uropa and Churchill China.
Heaton Catering Equipment was run by the Henry family, with major shareholders comprising Alan, Gary, Linda, Paul and Steven. It was established in its current guise in 2002 according to Companies House, however, the dealer’s website, which is still operational, says that the family business started in 1950.
The website also states that Heaton was a specialist supplier of commercial catering equipment, restaurant and kitchen supplies, including fully designed bespoke commercial kitchens, bar and food servery installations to both public, private sector customers and consumers.
It offered a range of customer services including free site surveys and quotations, design, installation, commissioning and servicing of catering appliances, product demonstrations, and leasing facilities.
Steven Henry is also the director of Pro Catering Equipment, which was incorporated last May and until July 2020 traded from the same Newcastle address as Heaton Catering Equipment, latterly moving to a Wallsend headquarters. While Gary Henry incorporated a company called Primosten Ltd on 30 November 2020.
Calls to Heaton Catering Equipment’s main line are met with a recorded message stating that “due to the Covid pandemic” all enquiries should be directed to the dealer’s general sales email address.
Catering Insight has requested comment from FRP on why the liquidation was deemed necessary.