NEWCASTLE design firm Fawthrop McLanders is to hold a creditors meeting later this month after going into voluntary liquidation.
The company blamed the current market conditions for its decision, which will result in the loss of 11 jobs at its Jesmond base. Fawthrop McLanders was handling the organisation of this month’s Boom! North East engineering show, which has been cancelled.
Managing director Angus McLanders said the move was to make sure staff and suppliers were paid. The company has worked with organisations such as the NHS, Northern Way and Deloitte in the past, and handled tasks such as event management, advertising and website design.
He said: “I think the current economic climate has contributed significantly to the situation we find ourselves in.
“It’s a very sad situation that a company that’s been in business in the region for 21 years can no longer continue, and that 11 people have lost their jobs as a result.”
Fawthrop McLanders has tasked RSM Tenon with conducting the liquidation, and a creditors meeting is to take place in mid-July.
The move has prompted One North East to cancel the Boom! show at the Metro Arena from July 13 to 16, which was to feature appearances by Honda’s humanoid robot Asimo and Robert Llewellyn of Scrap Heap Challenge and Red Dwarf. The show was aimed at students aged 11 to 17 and was designed to encourage youngsters to pursue a future in engineering.
Regional agency One North East, which hired the company to organise event, said that any debts incurred by sub-contractors would be a matter of discussion between the firms affected and the liquidator. It added that it would also be looking to retrieve some of its investment in the show.
Tim Pain, One North East head of business, enterprise and skills, said: “We have reluctantly taken the decision not to stage this year’s Boom! Youth Engineering Show after being told that the company delivering the event will be going into liquidation.
“After careful consideration, we decided it would not represent value for public money to invest any further finance into this event, which we would have to do to ensure it met the same professional high standards of previous years.
“We fully understand the disappointment this difficult decision will cause and apologise for any inconvenience. We will work with the liquidators to recoup as much of our investment as possible.”