R Fundraising Served with Winding-up Petition
August 14 2015
Telephone fundraising agency R Fundraising went into administration last week after it’s parent company Fundraising Initiatives Group decided the telephone agency had no future. The negative publicity over the past few months around charity fundraising and telephone fundraising in particular sparked the decision.
Winding-up Petition Served
The closure of R Fundraising reportedly means 99 staff members will be made redundant, 82 in Dunfermline and 17 in Manchester. Losses came after those at GoGen, a telephone fundraising agency which was criticised in national news over alleged fundraising practices and targeting of vulnerable people, and which subsequently closed last month with the loss of 485 jobs. The extensive enquiries in the national media and allegations about other telephone fundraising agencies resulted in some charities withdrawing from telephone fundraising.
Jon Beard of Begbies Traynor, who are handling the administration process reportedly had this to say:
“We were instructed by the company to discuss its options after a winding-up petition was served. It became apparent from our discussions that the company was not a viable concern as it was loss-making and heavily reliant upon significant funding from its parent group in order to meet wages and other overheads. We therefore worked closely with the management to place the company into administration in order to allow for employee claims to be dealt with at the earliest possible time. We continue to work closely with the company to expedite payment of employee claims from the National Insurance Fund…”
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