Over 700 jobs saved and £30m of investment preserved as RSM restructures Aldo UK and Thai Leisure Group

RSM has advised on the successful restructurings of the Thai Leisure Group and Aldo UK, preserving over 700 jobs and protecting over £30m of investment.

Thai Leisure

The Thai Leisure Group CVA (Company Voluntary Arrangement) was approved late last night, securing 90 per cent support from creditors.

Ian Leigh, MD of the Thai Leisure Group comments: ‘We are delighted to have just had our CVA approved. I would like to thank the landlords across our 20 sites and our bank Santander for their ongoing support of our company. I would like to thank our numerous suppliers for standing by us and all our loyal, hardworking employees. The CVA allows us to move forward to better times. For their expertise and support throughout the process we are grateful to the team at RSM – particularly Stephanie, Gordon and Damian.’

Aldo UK

The UK trade and assets of Aldo UK were sold today to the Bushell Investment Group (BIG).

Since the appointment of administrators in May the business has successfully traded during a difficult period in which three additional stores have been opened. Supported by the Aldo Group this sale maintains and strengthens the Aldo brand within the UK.

Lee Bushell, the principal of BIG, comments: ‘This is an exciting opportunity and builds on our recent retail investments. Working with the Aldo Group we believe there is a real opportunity to develop this globally recognised brand in the UK.

Damian Webb, partner at RSM Restructuring Advisory, comments: ‘These two transactions illustrate that there is a future for traditional retailers. Although trading is difficult it is clear that if parties work closely with their stakeholders it is possible to secure a successful outcome which benefits all parties.’