Company behind hotel chains calls in the administrators

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THE company behind Malmaison and Hotel du Vin hotels is to appoint administrators after failing to secure a refinancing of the business.

MWB Group said its 26 hotels across the two brands would continue to trade normally and were not being placed into administration.

Shares in the group were suspended on October 31 and investors warned their stakes could be wiped out after its part-owned subsidiary, MWB Business Exchange, withdrew repayments on a £4.8m loan.

The temporary office space business claimed it was owed £8m by MWB Group.

Deloitte, which was reportedly drafted in to help the troubled business earlier this week, will be appointed as administrators with immediate effect.

MWB had been developing its hotel business, named after Napoleon’s Chateau de Malmaison, with the intention of selling off the business and returning the proceeds to shareholders.

The Malmaison chain has boutique hotels in city centres across the country, including Leeds, Aberdeen, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle and Oxford.

Hotel du Vin, which was formed in 1994, has smaller hotels based mainly in cathedral or university towns.

York and Harrogate are both home to Hotel du Vin hotels, as are Cambridge, Brighton, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glas- gow.

MWB said yesterday that despite ongoing dialogue it was not able to resolve the issues and amid uncertainty over the potential cash receipts it was unable to secure other facilities from existing or new lenders.

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