School fa­cil­ity let­ting firm col­lapses

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page -

A FIRM re­spon­si­ble for hir­ing out fa­cil­i­ties at West Lan­cashire schools has been placed into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

School Let­tings So­lu­tions (SLS) be­came the lat­est firm to fall vic­tim to the eco­nomic dam­age caused by Covid-19 as it lost its in­come overnight and had no clar­ity on when fa­cil­i­ties could re­open.

SLS came un­der fire last year when its sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased prices forced the can­cel­la­tion of the Orm­skirk West End’s an­nual foot­ball tour­na­ment. The event was called off af­ter fees to use Orm­skirk School’s pitches rose from £200 in 2018 to £1,000.

As well as Orm­skirk School, it also man­aged evening, week­end and hol­i­day hire of fa­cil­i­ties at Burscough Pri­ory Academy and Tar­leton Academy among 300 other schools, col­leges and acad­e­mies around the coun­try.

Re­stric­tions im­posed by the pan­demic were blamed for SLS en­ter­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion, a process which will re­sult in the loss of 93 full-time jobs and the re­dun­dancy of al­most 900 ca­sual staff around the coun­try.

Daniel Tay­lor, of For­tis In­sol­vency, has been ap­pointed as ad­min­is­tra­tor af­ter SLS faced the un­cer­tainty of when, and un­der what con­di­tions, the fa­cil­i­ties it hires will re­open.

He said: “SLS gave com­mu­ni­ties ac­cess to sport and other recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties while pro­vid­ing rev­enue­gen­er­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for schools, acad­e­mies and col­leges.

“Busi­ness stopped overnight when the Covid-19 lock­down was in­tro­duced and there is no clear timescale for when let­tings can re­sume.”

Orm­skirk School was among those with fa­cil­i­ties hired out by SLS

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