Begbies Traynor Group

Formula K International Limited enters administration

Date Published: 20/09/2023

A North Wales based company that supplied go-karts and leisure vehicles for the amusement industry to more than 50 countries around the world has entered into administration after trading successfully for more than 25 years.

Paul Stanley and Jason Greenhalgh of Begbies Traynor were appointed Joint Administrators of Rhyl-based Formula K International Limited on 7th September 2023.

The family-owned company was launched in 1997 by Graham Liddle, a four times Go Kart world champion between 1968 and 1973.

It was the first manufacturer in Great Britain to specialise in go-karts and small cars for the leisure industry such as those seen in theme parks and play centres around the world.

Its products are currently being operated in more than 50 countries across the world including the USA, most European countries, the Middle East and the Far East. 

Turnover according to its latest set of accounts was £537,000 and the company employed 8 people 

Paul Stanley, regional managing partner of Begbies Traynor, said:

“Covid forced the global leisure industry into lengthy lockdowns and the knock-on effect continues. Two core markets for this business in theme parks and indoor play areas faced the harshest lockdowns of all sectors which had a major impact on cashflow.

“More recently, global supply chain issues caused by inflation and delays to shipments of materials into the UK left the company unable to fulfil orders for the first time in its history, despite demand. This has been a well-run and respected business for decades but it has been hit hard by external factors outside of its control.”

Graham Liddle, managing director of Formula K International, said:

“I explored every single avenue to rescue the business and save the jobs of my trusted employees but realistically had no other choice but to place the company I founded more than 25 years ago into administration.

“The irony is that we received two large orders in the past few weeks but given the uncertainty of the supply chain of goods required to build the products we just couldn’t guarantee the clients that the orders could be completed.

“I’m proud of the business I built up and I’d like to thank all my staff, clients and everyone who has supported us since 1997.

“Our separate business, Formula K Products, which provides aftercare services for our products remains solid and we will continue to support our existing clients moving forwards. It’s only our manufacturing business that has been affected.”

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Paul qualified as a chartered accountant in 1987 with Arthur Andersen an international accounting practice. He worked on audits, management consultancy and buy out due diligence before specialising in insolvency and investigations. In 1990 he was granted an insolvency licence by ICAEW.

He worked on the Robert Maxwell private company administrations in the Middle East in the early nineties and developed strong banking relationships. In 1993 he joined up again with ex-Andersen's colleague Ric Traynor as Ric's first partner in the firm which later changed its name to Begbies Traynor. Paul acts as managing partner in the Manchester office and sits on both the firm's management and technical committees. He has a reputation as a straight-talking, honest advisor who is both technically strong and commercial.

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