Gin festivals cancelled as organiser falls into administration

A company which organises gin festivals has fallen into administration, resulting in its entire programme of 20 events planned for the coming months being cancelled and the loss of 27 jobs.

Yesterday, insolvency practitioners from Begbies Traynor were appointed as administrators to Gin Festival Limited, which was trading as, a business based in Keighley, West Yorkshire, which organises and manages a series of craft gin festivals around the UK.

Despite Begbies Traynor marketing the company in the build up to the appointment, with the aim of finding a buyer, no offers were made and a closure administration will take immediate effect.

Julian Pitts and Nick Reed have been appointed as joint administrators.

The cancelled events include this weekend’s Gin Festival Norwich, which was sold out for three out of the four planned Friday-Sunday sessions.

The company will not be in a position to reimburse ticketholders for Gin Festival Norwich in relation to advance tickets bought, administrators said.

This will also apply to anyone who has purchased tickets for the forthcoming events scheduled to take place between now and November in Sandown, Worcester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Lincoln, Portsmouth, London, Wakefield, St Albans, Sheffield, Oxford, Edinburgh and Leicester., which was established in 2013, faced financial difficulties after it invested heavily in expanding its online presence.

The business attempted to bring online ticket sales for its events in house and also set up an e-commerce operation selling craft gins direct to customers, both of which increased the financial burden on the company.

Pitts said: “It’s a huge shame that Gin has been placed in administration. The loss of jobs is always extremely disappointing and in this case approximately 20,000 tickets have also been sold for forthcoming events which will not be reimbursed as part of the administration process.

“Anyone who has purchased tickets for any of the events organised by would be best advised to check with their credit or debit card provider as to whether they may be covered for the loss under the Chargeback system.

“Our aim was, of course, to find a purchaser for the business as a going concern in order to safeguard the jobs, but unfortunately, despite our efforts, this did not prove possible.

“We are now in the process of realising what assets we can in order to achieve the best possible returns for creditors.”

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