Manor Furniture store in Swindon shuts down

This Is Wiltshire: Manor Furniture store in Swindon shuts down Manor Furniture store in Swindon shuts down

AN award-winning furniture shop which had been trading for almost two decades has gone into administration.

Signs at Manor Furniture in Cheney Manor yesterday said it was in the hands of an accountancy firm.

The company started 18 years ago when nine colleagues were made redundant and set up their own venture.

The firm built up a reputation as the leading independent furniture retailer in Swindon and was voted best furniture trader in the Adver’s Best of Swindon Awards 2011.

In 2009 the firm weathered the credit crunch by upgrading its store and sold £100,000 of goods on the first day of one sale alone.

The company expanded in April, moving from Bizpace’s BSS House trading centre to premises across the road.

Steve Botting, the sales manager for Bizspace, said: “It is disappointing to see any new business go into administration. Especially one so well established as Manor Furniture.

“They were here for 18 years and always pulling in a constant flow of custom and made a great name for themselves.

“Now to see them with the administration notices on the unit opposite is a real shame.”

The company had expanded from BSS House, which offers favourable rates and conditions to new firms.

Mr Botting said: “They made the move in April this year to go over there and go off their own back.

“For whatever reason it just didn’t work out for them. I hate to use the phrase but another one bites the dust in the current climate and conditions. It’s such a shame considering how they big they were in the town.”

Manor Furniture made customer care the cornerstone of its success.

Accepting their award last year, the owners told the Adver that the longevity of their success meant they must be doing something right.

Signs on the building yesterday said the administration was being handled by Victor Henry Ellaby and Philip John Gorman of accountants Hazlewood LLP.who had taken over on Tuesday.Add to Manor furniture Manor Furniture began trading in 1998 and has 10 employees.

Hazlewoods released a statement saying: “Like many other ‘big ticket’ retailers, Manor Furniture has been hit hard by the difficult economic conditions and the knock-on effect on consumer spending.

“With suppliers reluctant to provide extended credit terms and no other sources of finance available to the company there was increasing cash-flow pressure which led to the company being unable to fulfil customer orders and meet the payment demands from creditors.

“As a consequence of these factors, the directors had no choice but to seek the appointment of administrators to the company.”

Vic Ellaby, the joint administrator and director at Hazlewoods, said; “Our role now is to assess the financial position and to seek a buyer for the business and assets of the company.”

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10:17am Thu 22 Nov 12

Mushymushy says...

This is a really shame hope it all goes well for the owners and workers in the future.
This is a really shame hope it all goes well for the owners and workers in the future. Mushymushy
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2:54pm Thu 22 Nov 12

stfcpaul says...

How ironic to get Bizspace to quote, but they don't mention the dilapidation's they crippled them with!
How ironic to get Bizspace to quote, but they don't mention the dilapidation's they crippled them with! stfcpaul
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6:52pm Thu 22 Nov 12

bradley red 1 says...

Not surpised at all,too expensive,rude staff,poor selection of furniture and as the guy said enough another one bites the dust!!
Not surpised at all,too expensive,rude staff,poor selection of furniture and as the guy said enough another one bites the dust!! bradley red 1
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7:19pm Thu 22 Nov 12

stfcpaul says...

Lol. Good old Ikea and Argos rule ok!
Lol. Good old Ikea and Argos rule ok! stfcpaul
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8:39am Fri 23 Nov 12

stfcpaul says...

bradley red 1 wrote:
Not surpised at all,too expensive,rude staff,poor selection of furniture and as the guy said enough another one bites the dust!!
I've furnished and carpeted my house with Manor Furniture over the years.
The service has always been the best i've experienced and the quality is the best in Swindon by a country mile.
Just because the market they aim is out of your budget, you shouldn't make derogatory remarks about them.
I wish them all well and hope they find a way to continue
[quote][p][bold]bradley red 1[/bold] wrote: Not surpised at all,too expensive,rude staff,poor selection of furniture and as the guy said enough another one bites the dust!![/p][/quote]I've furnished and carpeted my house with Manor Furniture over the years. The service has always been the best i've experienced and the quality is the best in Swindon by a country mile. Just because the market they aim is out of your budget, you shouldn't make derogatory remarks about them. I wish them all well and hope they find a way to continue stfcpaul
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4:15pm Fri 23 Nov 12

Jammy7 says...

stfcpaul wrote:
bradley red 1 wrote:
Not surpised at all,too expensive,rude staff,poor selection of furniture and as the guy said enough another one bites the dust!!
I've furnished and carpeted my house with Manor Furniture over the years.
The service has always been the best i've experienced and the quality is the best in Swindon by a country mile.
Just because the market they aim is out of your budget, you shouldn't make derogatory remarks about them.
I wish them all well and hope they find a way to continue
Good comment STFCPaul!
I had a new dining suite and carpet about 2 years ago and it looks as good as new. And I finally gave into my husband and let him get a Stressless chair last christmas and the whole family fights for its use.
Maybe they were good at spotting time-wasting Ikeabots and gave him the attention he deserved.
I hope they can come back!
p.s I voted for them when they won the Adver award!
[quote][p][bold]stfcpaul[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradley red 1[/bold] wrote: Not surpised at all,too expensive,rude staff,poor selection of furniture and as the guy said enough another one bites the dust!![/p][/quote]I've furnished and carpeted my house with Manor Furniture over the years. The service has always been the best i've experienced and the quality is the best in Swindon by a country mile. Just because the market they aim is out of your budget, you shouldn't make derogatory remarks about them. I wish them all well and hope they find a way to continue[/p][/quote]Good comment STFCPaul! I had a new dining suite and carpet about 2 years ago and it looks as good as new. And I finally gave into my husband and let him get a Stressless chair last christmas and the whole family fights for its use. Maybe they were good at spotting time-wasting Ikeabots and gave him the attention he deserved. I hope they can come back! p.s I voted for them when they won the Adver award! Jammy7
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5:09am Sat 24 Nov 12

Dazza1982 says...

Totally disagree with any negative comments....had many dealings with Manor Furniture and I found them to be genuinely lovely people. One of the best and most honest businesses in Swindon and the staff were an absolute pleasure. It's a real shame another long established local, independent business has succumbed to the corporate giants but I wish all of their staff the very best for the future.
Totally disagree with any negative comments....had many dealings with Manor Furniture and I found them to be genuinely lovely people. One of the best and most honest businesses in Swindon and the staff were an absolute pleasure. It's a real shame another long established local, independent business has succumbed to the corporate giants but I wish all of their staff the very best for the future. Dazza1982
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2:27pm Mon 26 Nov 12

thfccw says...

stfcpaul wrote:
How ironic to get Bizspace to quote, but they don't mention the dilapidation's they crippled them with!
Hi Paul, I'm sorry to hear what has happened to the business. Its very sad to find out that such a great business has got into trouble.
I'm sure Manor will be back soon!!!
[quote][p][bold]stfcpaul[/bold] wrote: How ironic to get Bizspace to quote, but they don't mention the dilapidation's they crippled them with![/p][/quote]Hi Paul, I'm sorry to hear what has happened to the business. Its very sad to find out that such a great business has got into trouble. I'm sure Manor will be back soon!!! thfccw
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2:27pm Mon 26 Nov 12

thfccw says...

stfcpaul wrote:
How ironic to get Bizspace to quote, but they don't mention the dilapidation's they crippled them with!
Hi Paul, I'm sorry to hear what has happened to the business. Its very sad to find out that such a great business has got into trouble.
I'm sure Manor will be back soon!!!
[quote][p][bold]stfcpaul[/bold] wrote: How ironic to get Bizspace to quote, but they don't mention the dilapidation's they crippled them with![/p][/quote]Hi Paul, I'm sorry to hear what has happened to the business. Its very sad to find out that such a great business has got into trouble. I'm sure Manor will be back soon!!! thfccw
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4:44pm Tue 27 Nov 12

shapam says...

Those guys are liars.

Few weeks ago we paid nearly 2000 to them (to get a new carpets), they've been already aware that they are not going to do anything.

Just called the administrators, we are not even on the debtors list as those guys are simply 'forgotten' to include us!

As I've paid from a debit card (Manor's employee refused to accept my Amex) and Barclays not covering such losses, they stole my money and there are no chances of any real refund.

Shame on them, hopefully they will never run any business again - McDonalds jobs is the best choice to them.

I hate you guys, you just taken the money from my newborn son as we were willing to replace old carpets in his room.
Those guys are liars. Few weeks ago we paid nearly 2000 to them (to get a new carpets), they've been already aware that they are not going to do anything. Just called the administrators, we are not even on the debtors list as those guys are simply 'forgotten' to include us! As I've paid from a debit card (Manor's employee refused to accept my Amex) and Barclays not covering such losses, they stole my money and there are no chances of any real refund. Shame on them, hopefully they will never run any business again - McDonalds jobs is the best choice to them. I hate you guys, you just taken the money from my newborn son as we were willing to replace old carpets in his room. shapam
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4:56pm Tue 27 Nov 12

Jammy7 says...

shapam wrote:
Those guys are liars.

Few weeks ago we paid nearly 2000 to them (to get a new carpets), they've been already aware that they are not going to do anything.

Just called the administrators, we are not even on the debtors list as those guys are simply 'forgotten' to include us!

As I've paid from a debit card (Manor's employee refused to accept my Amex) and Barclays not covering such losses, they stole my money and there are no chances of any real refund.

Shame on them, hopefully they will never run any business again - McDonalds jobs is the best choice to them.

I hate you guys, you just taken the money from my newborn son as we were willing to replace old carpets in his room.
F.A.O Shapham

There's valuable hidden protection on Visa or Mastercard credit and debit cards, whether from Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds or any other bank. It's called 'chargeback' and means if you don't get the goods you bought, you may be able to get your money back.

Follow this link and see their guide, you should get your money back.

http://www.moneysavi
ngexpert.com/shoppin
g/visa-mastercard-ch
argeback
[quote][p][bold]shapam[/bold] wrote: Those guys are liars. Few weeks ago we paid nearly 2000 to them (to get a new carpets), they've been already aware that they are not going to do anything. Just called the administrators, we are not even on the debtors list as those guys are simply 'forgotten' to include us! As I've paid from a debit card (Manor's employee refused to accept my Amex) and Barclays not covering such losses, they stole my money and there are no chances of any real refund. Shame on them, hopefully they will never run any business again - McDonalds jobs is the best choice to them. I hate you guys, you just taken the money from my newborn son as we were willing to replace old carpets in his room.[/p][/quote]F.A.O Shapham There's valuable hidden protection on Visa or Mastercard credit and debit cards, whether from Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds or any other bank. It's called 'chargeback' and means if you don't get the goods you bought, you may be able to get your money back. Follow this link and see their guide, you should get your money back. http://www.moneysavi ngexpert.com/shoppin g/visa-mastercard-ch argeback Jammy7
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8:12pm Wed 28 Nov 12

shapam says...

Jammy7 - thank you for the information, I will check that as Barclays explains that only credit cards are covered...
Jammy7 - thank you for the information, I will check that as Barclays explains that only credit cards are covered... shapam
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2:01pm Wed 5 Dec 12

julie white says...

Jammy7 wrote:
shapam wrote: Those guys are liars. Few weeks ago we paid nearly 2000 to them (to get a new carpets), they've been already aware that they are not going to do anything. Just called the administrators, we are not even on the debtors list as those guys are simply 'forgotten' to include us! As I've paid from a debit card (Manor's employee refused to accept my Amex) and Barclays not covering such losses, they stole my money and there are no chances of any real refund. Shame on them, hopefully they will never run any business again - McDonalds jobs is the best choice to them. I hate you guys, you just taken the money from my newborn son as we were willing to replace old carpets in his room.
F.A.O Shapham There's valuable hidden protection on Visa or Mastercard credit and debit cards, whether from Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds or any other bank. It's called 'chargeback' and means if you don't get the goods you bought, you may be able to get your money back. Follow this link and see their guide, you should get your money back. http://www.moneysavi ngexpert.com/shoppin g/visa-mastercard-ch argeback
Had totally opposite experience. went to buy wardrobes in november. They visited our home to measure up and took our order but refused to take a deposit. The guy explained they were in difficulty and were going into administration. They hope to honour the order once (or if) company get's buy out deal.
Have dealt with them before and can only praise their professionalism and courtesy.
[quote][p][bold]Jammy7[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]shapam[/bold] wrote: Those guys are liars. Few weeks ago we paid nearly 2000 to them (to get a new carpets), they've been already aware that they are not going to do anything. Just called the administrators, we are not even on the debtors list as those guys are simply 'forgotten' to include us! As I've paid from a debit card (Manor's employee refused to accept my Amex) and Barclays not covering such losses, they stole my money and there are no chances of any real refund. Shame on them, hopefully they will never run any business again - McDonalds jobs is the best choice to them. I hate you guys, you just taken the money from my newborn son as we were willing to replace old carpets in his room.[/p][/quote]F.A.O Shapham There's valuable hidden protection on Visa or Mastercard credit and debit cards, whether from Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds or any other bank. It's called 'chargeback' and means if you don't get the goods you bought, you may be able to get your money back. Follow this link and see their guide, you should get your money back. http://www.moneysavi ngexpert.com/shoppin g/visa-mastercard-ch argeback[/p][/quote]Had totally opposite experience. went to buy wardrobes in november. They visited our home to measure up and took our order but refused to take a deposit. The guy explained they were in difficulty and were going into administration. They hope to honour the order once (or if) company get's buy out deal. Have dealt with them before and can only praise their professionalism and courtesy. julie white
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8:00pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Dave72 says...

I hear there is a liquidation sale on Saturday & Sunday; does anyone know anymore about this?
I hear there is a liquidation sale on Saturday & Sunday; does anyone know anymore about this? Dave72
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