Staff at collapsed agency chain owed more than £127k

By Linsey McNeill
16/03/2023
Home » Staff at collapsed agency chain owed more than £127k

Retail staff at north-west-based WTL Travel Services are owed thousands of pounds in unpaid wages after it collapsed with debts of £277,784.

The company called in liquidators Campbell, Crossly & Davis at the end of February.

A statement of affairs lodged with Companies House on 2 March shows that the business owed 22 staff £127,112.17.

More than £48,000 is owed in wages and holiday pay and £78,885 in redundancy and notice pay.

The company also owes £20,510 in pension contributions.

More than £123,000 is owed in tax.

WTL Travel Services was launched last year by David McDonald (pictured), director of Blackpool-based Book in Style, which owned 10 World Travel Lounge shops across the north-west. The shops were transferred to WTL Travel Services.

Book in Style, a member of Protected Trust Services, also ran an in-house tour operator, Odisea.

In October last year, two World Travel Lounge branches in Preston and Blackpool were acquired by Hays Travel North West.

In January 2023, the Fleetwood shop was taken over by Protected Travel Services, along with stores in Cleveleys and Leyland, and the tour operator Odisea. At the same time, its membership of Protected Trust Services was terminated. They are now trading as Protected Travel Shop.

Jacqui Landen of PTS said 16 staff from the World Travel Lounge branches have been taken on by Protected Travel Services. They are not owed any money, she said.

At the time of its collapse in February, World Travel Lounge was still believed to have five other stores in the north-west.

David is also listed at Companies House as the sole director of Chillimix, an LGBTQ operator launched in 2019, but it is understood this has not been active for several months. Chillimix’s membership of Protected Trust Services was also terminated in January 2023.

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