Fifty jobs lost as car dealership enters administration

Nearly 50 jobs have been lost after a used car dealership in Newcastle entered administration last week.

Keith Marshall and Benjamin Wiles of Duff & Phelps were appointed joint administrators to Tyneside Autobuy Limited, which operates Tyneside Autoparc. The firm blamed challenging conditions in the used-car sector for the closure.

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The books from Tyneside Autobuy show that the company was operating at a loss of £93,000 in 2013. Administrators were called in to try and secure a buyer for the business but after two weeks of unsuccessful searching they were left with no choice but to make the 49 staff redundant.

Keith Marshall said: “Regrettably, despite the best efforts of management and its funders, who supported the process, it was not possible to achieve a sale of the business as a going concern.

“The lack of interest was primarily due to challenging conditions in the used-car sector and the business’ historically weak trading performance.

“Our focus now is on dealing with ongoing customer queries in as sympathetic a manner as possible and expediting employee claims to ensure that redundancy payments are processed as quickly as possible.”