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Manchester Evening News
Manchester Evening News
Elaine Blackburne & Holly Williams & Liv Clarke

Furniture firm to appoint administrators with 700 jobs at risk

Online homeware company is set to appoint administrators after rescue talks to find a buyer for the group failed. Shares in the London-listed group have been suspended and the company’s operating arm, Design Ltf (MDL) has filed a notice to appoint administrators, with PricewaterhouseCoopers lined up.

The firm, which employs up to 700 staff, has offices in London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, China and Vietnam. It does have one store in London, although it is primarily an online retailer. recently halted orders to new customers after abandoning hopes of getting a buyer to save it and inject the cash needed to stay afloat. The furniture company said: “In light of MDL’s requirement for further funding, and in order to preserve value for its creditors, the board of MDL took the decision on 26 October 2022 to temporarily suspend new customer orders.


Made has now been notified that the board of MDL has resolved to file notice of its intention to appoint administrators, with a view to appointing Zelf Hussain, Peter David Dickens and Rachael Maria Wilkinson of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as administrators of MDL.”

The group said PwC would still seek to secure a sale of the firm, given that it received proposals from interested suitors during the aborted month-long sale process, but added that there is no certainty a deal can be reached. It said shares in will be suspended and that the board “currently expects that, in due course, the listing of the company’s ordinary shares will be cancelled, any residual value will be distributed to the company’s shareholders and the company will be wound up”.

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