110 jobs saved as Thetford-based HMC Health & Beauty is rescued from administration

Julian Pitts of Begbies Traynor.

Julian Pitts of Begbies Traynor. - Credit: Archant

A total of 110 jobs have been saved at a Thetford-based personal care products business following its sale by administrators.

Julian Pitts and Bob Maxwell of business rescue and recovery firm Begbies Traynor were appointed joint administrators of HMC Health & Beauty earlier this month.

They have now completed the sale of the business under a 'pre-pack' deal to a new company, Prestige Personal Care, whose directors are unconnected with HMC but have a number of other businesses in the cosmetics and toiletries sector.

Mr Pitts said that, in 2013, HMC lost a major customer after it was acquired by a competitor and trading losses were sustained while efforts were made to replace the lost turnover.

However, despite cash injections by shareholders, these losses – compounded by constraints on the company's banking facilities, creditor pressure and, more recently, a significant bad debt – ultimately resulted in a severe cash flow issue.

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'Begbies Traynor was able to undertake an accelerated marketing exercise prior to the administration which resulted in a pre-pack sale to an unconnected third party,' said Mr Pitts.

'It is very good news that HMC Health & Beauty has been acquired as a going concern by a purchaser with a strong track record in the sector. Not only does it mean that the business will continue to trade, safeguarding the livelihoods of the staff, but it also puts it on a more secure footing for the future.'

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