Unique Distribution staff have confirmed that they have now received their pay, after the firm of accountants who were previously discharged from overseeing parent company IGB’s affairs were re-appointed by another judge.
A spokesman from HMRC yesterday confirmed that accountants Chantrey Vellacott, who were discharged from managing IGB’s assets on 18 February, had been re-appointed by a judge after HMRC went back to the court on ‘technicalities’.
The spokesman said: ‘There is a restraint order in place and the court has appointed a managing receiver.’
On Monday staff received a payment from IGB subsidiary company Quick Bridge two weeks after they were meant to be paid.
Unique’s commercial director David Hinc confirmed that the payments were made after HMRC rubber stamped them.
Hinc said: ‘We’ve still got several restrictions from HMRC. During the course of a week we can take two steps forward and one step back. It’s very frustrating.’
Hinc admitted that following the late payments and the closure of Unique’s office, the distributor had suffered ‘a couple of losses’ of staff.
‘It would be foolhardy to say it wasn’t damaging, but we’re still here and we’re still fighting and trying to service our customers,’ he said.
‘Hopefully I can see some light at the end of the tunnel,’ he added.