Blair Nimmo and Alistair McAlinden of KPMG LLP were appointed as Joint Administrators of The People’s Development Trust.
Blair Nimmo and Alistair McAlinden of KPMG LLP were appointed as Joint Administrators of The People’s Development Trust (“the Trust”) on 25 January 2019.
Based at the Legacy Hub at 301 Springfield Road, in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, the Trust was established in August 2011 as part of the regeneration of the East End of Glasgow linked to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. The aim of the Trust, which is a registered charity, is to engage with and support the local community and to deliver a range of economic, social and environmental services for Dalmarnock and the East End of Glasgow.
The Legacy Hub, which is owned by the Trust, is a purpose built community centre which provides a range of services including a children’s nursery, training and adult education facilities, and a suite of rooms and theatre for hire for business, recreational and social purposes. The Hub also hosts a community café, GP surgery, pharmacy, and dentist.
The Trust, which is funded via a combination of grant income, charitable donations and from commercial income from third party tenants and the nursery, has incurred trading losses over recent years. This is primarily due to the nursery operating at under capacity, and insufficient charitable and grant funded projects being undertaken to support overhead and building costs.
The Board of Trustees has sought to address the financial issues by seeking additional commercial income and alternative nursery provision to address operating losses, together with third party funding to settle liabilities and provide working capital. Despite these actions and extensive discussions with a number of third parties, sufficient funding could not be secured, and the Board had no other option than to place the Trust into administration.
At the time of the appointment, the Trust employed 25 people.
Following the appointment, 23 employees have been made redundant. Two staff have been retained to assist the Joint Administrators. At this time the GP surgery, pharmacy, dentist, and Scottish Sports Futures continue to operate. All other services, including the nursery, café, room hire, and training and adult education activities have ceased.
Blair Nimmo, Joint Administrator and KPMG’s UK Head of Restructuring said:
“Unfortunately, The People’s Development Trust was unable to continue trading in light of significant liabilities and cashflow difficulties. This has, in turn, resulted in the redundancies which have been announced and the closure of a number of services provided by the Legacy Hub. We will be working with all affected employees, the parents of the nursery children, Glasgow City Council and the relevant government agencies, including the PACE team at Skills Development Scotland, to ensure a full range of support is available. We will also work with key stakeholders, particularly the local community, to determine the future of the Legacy Hub.”
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