Fashion chain's £50,000 debt written off

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City Hall councillors have written off a firm's debts after it went bust - Credit: Abigail Nicholsom

A Norfolk council has been forced to write off a fashion chain's debts worth more than £50,000. 

Norwich City Council agreed to write off the business rate debts of Genus UK Ltd, the owners of the Select clothing stores after the company entered a corporate voluntary arrangement (CVA). 

CVAs let a company in financial difficulty organise a voluntary arrangement to repay all or part of its debt over a fixed period of time. 

A report to the council's cabinet said the write-off was worth £53,735.56, with the company having paid off just £839.83 of its debts. 

Across the UK the company owed almost £10m. 


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At a meeting of Norwich City Council’s cabinet, Paul Kendrick asked his colleagues to approve the write-off. 

He said: “This authority does its best to collect business rates - obviously it’s important for the funding of local government. 

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“There does come a point where some you can’t collect.” 

Council leader Alan Waters added the council “never forgets” a debt and they have successfully managed to claim them back after a write-off in the past. 

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