Sheffield distributor closes its doors

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Vixen’s website is in the process of being taken offline.

Sheffield-based distributor, Vixen Catering Equipment, has been placed into Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation.

In a notice posted on the London Gazette website, it stated at a general meeting of the company on 20 December “that it has been proved to the satisfaction of this meeting that the company cannot by reason of its liabilities continue its business and that it is advisable to wind up the same and accordingly that the company be wound up voluntarily”.

Insolvency specialist Fergusson & Co of Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, was also simultaneously appointed as liquidator to wind the company up.

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Vixen was a small enterprise, with Hilary Gay as director and only one other full time employee. Catering Insight spoked to Fergusson & Co director, Ted Fergusson, who confirmed that the distributor’s peak turnover only reached about £200,000.

He said: “There were a number of reasons they stopped trading, including experiencing a recent turnover dip, so often they were funding the company themselves.”

The business focused on servicing, including reactive maintenance and repair, planned preventative maintenance, removal of obsolete equipment, asset tagging and warranty maintenance, though it did supply a small amount of appliances too.

As Vixen is in Creditors’ Voluntary Liquidation, creditors may receive some dividend, but debts will not be paid in full. Debt in total was a fairly modest £26,244.

Trade creditors include were headed by Lincat, with around £7,000 of debt, along with Axon Enterprises, Catering Tech Services, Crystaltech, Frontline Catering Services, Hoshizaki and Mechline.

Vixen’s former website stated: “Vixen draws on considerable expertise and having worked in the industry for many years has the backing of all major manufacturers of commercial catering equipment.

“We are a local Sheffield-based company using locally based engineers and local suppliers where possible.

“Vixen only use pre-qualified engineers with certificated qualifications. Our staff are CRB checked and CSCS carded. Vixen has a 24/7 cover 365 days and uses a national network of engineers to respond faster or more economically to your needs.”

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