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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Tom Duffy

Water business backed by Steven Gerrard on brink of going bust

A water business endorsed by Steven Gerrard could be dissolved within two months.

Mr Gerrard became a brand ambassador for Angel Revive after he was approached by Merseyside businessman Mark Doyle. Mr Doyle, 43, who owned King Construction, launched a water business after he discovered a natural spring of water in Mawdesley, West Lancashire.

According to Mr Doyle, when he finally dug down to the rock face of the spring, he found an angel-like shape in the stone, which inspired the name of the company. Mr Doyle, originally from Netherton, later invested around £1m in the business.

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However on March 15 a notice was posted on the Companies House website stating that the company could now be struck off.

It reads: "The Registrar of Companies gives notice that, unless cause is shown to the contrary, the Company will be struck off the register and dissolved not less than two months from the date shown above." In October 2020 the company posted accounts which showed it owed £931,912 to creditors.

The accounts showed assets of £127,285. In 2019 Mr Doyle told the ECHO that he found the natural spring after a farmer told him there was one in the area.

He said that he used a digger to explore the area and then found the source of water 25 feet down. Mr Doyle said that he approached Mr Gerrard, and the Liverpool FC l egend agreed to become an ambassador for the brand.

In 2019 Mr Gerrard told the ECHO that he was introduced to high alkaline water during his time playing for LA Galaxy. Mr Gerrard, who now manages Aston Villa, said he agreed to become a brand ambassador due to the water's health benefits.

He said: "Hydration is a massive issue - people do not drink enough water. As a former professional footballer I know how important it is. I start the day with water but so many adults and schoolchildren just don't drink enough. And the great thing about Angel Revive is the alkaline and high PH levels."

Mr Gerrard did not have a formal role with the business. According to information on Companies House Angel Revive is controlled by Mark Doyle and his partner Paula.

The ECHO approached Angel Revive for comment.

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