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WT Burden administrator confirms buyers of seven depots

Building suppliers including Graftons and Tippers are among the firms that bought WT Burden depots after the group fell into administration.

Administrators were appointed in November, first to the trading arm of Burdens Group, WTB Trading, and then over parent firm WTB Group.

As revealed by CN, the branches that have been successfully sold are Swindon, Fareham & Olney, Heathrow, Dorchester and Cinderford and Nuneaton.

All employees have been transferred to the respective purchasers under TUPE, but the firm could not confirm numbers.

WT Burden sales

Swindon to MPS
Fareham & Olney to Graftons
Heathrow to Carboclass/Lords
Dorchester and Cinderford to Bradfords
Nuneaton to Tippers

Offers are also understood to have been accepted on depots in Oban and Dumfries, Sittingbourne, Penrith & Redruth.

However sites were forced to close in Stockton, Lincoln, Aberdeen and Kirkcaldy.

Philip Duffy, Steve Clancy and David Whitehouse, of advisory firm Duff & Phelps, were appointed on 23 November 2012.

Mr Duffy said: “The Burdens brand is well known and affiliated with quality with a strong established client base.

“We are delighted that this has proved to be attractive for a number of buyers ensuring the successful sale of the depots so far, thus preserving the business and jobs.

“There is interest expressed in the remaining branches which we will continue to trade as a going concern whilst we continue discussions with those parties considering acquiring some, or all of the remaining branches.”

WT Burden had a £250m turnover and over 750 employees based out of 38 branches throughout the UK prior to the sale of 22 branches to Wolseley in October 2012.

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