After 13 years, 10 of which providing community radio services to the population of Teesdale, Radio Teesdale has had to cease its operations.  In addition to broadcasting programmes for all sections of the community from business and politics to gardening, education and religion, it was also active in the community with 300 members, catalysing enterprise through its advertising, business programmes and interviews, promoting Teesdale as a place to live and visit, and providing media training and a springboard for volunteers to the media business.

As dictated by its broadcasting licence it relied on grants as well as generating its own funds through the provision of services and advertising, unfortunately the reduction in both sources of funding has led it to conclude that it can no longer continue to trade.  “We set up Radio Teesdale to service the community, it is a very sad day for everyone who has been involved and has benefited from the services it provided” commented Alastair Dinwiddie Chairman, “the board continue to work with Walsh Taylor to try and find an alternative route to closure but at the current time without new investment it appears that sadly closure is the only option.  The organisation has instructed insolvency practice Walsh Taylor to oversee the process. The board would particularly like to thank all our funders and advertisers for their support in the past and the members for their support.”

Walsh Taylor continue to welcome expression of interests from individuals or organisations interested in providing this service “We are open to all ideas and approaches” commented Mary Taylor from Walsh Taylor, “we have substantial experience in enabling businesses and not for profit organisations to continue to trade.  Radio Teesdale is highly valued by the local community and we will investigate all routes possible to enable this service to continue”.

Mary Taylor

Mary began working in insolvency for a national accountancy practice in Glasgow thirty years ago and worked in most divisions of the insolvency department.

She then moved to a smaller firm so she could advance her knowledge on a more hands on basis. She moved back to Leeds in 1987 and commenced working with a small firm of accountants and subsequently made partner.

She left in 1999 to set up her own practice, McCann Taylor.
McCann Taylor became involved with the consumer market both in England and Scotland.

Mary sold McCann Taylor in March 2007 and formed Walsh Taylor to concentrate on helping businesses experiencing financial difficulties.

Meg Heath

Meg has a background in supporting SMEs, including the raising of finance and advising on organisational change. She is a non-executive director of companies in the private and third sector, including Walsh Taylor.

Previously she was Deputy Fund Director of one of the largest CDFIs in the UK, and has experience of the social enterprise, charity and private sectors. Her experience of assisting companies to survive and thrive has been gained across a broad range of sectors and in companies of all sizes.

In addition to her work at Walsh Taylor she works for other private companies, including non-executive and trustee positions.

Emma Mifsud
Insolvency Practitioner

After graduating from Leeds University in 2005 with a BA Hons degree in Criminology, Emma worked for a regional law firm in both the property department and insolvency and banking department. Whilst doing so Emma gained a Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP University.

Emma then joined a national accountancy firm in 2009 gaining experience in personal insolvency before moving to a Leeds based firm. At this firm Emma specialised in bankruptcies, IVA’s and negotiating informal agreements with creditors. In 2013 Emma gained her CPI qualification.

Since joining the firm in December 2013, Emma has taken on a portfolio of personal and corporate insolvency cases to extend her knowledge and expertise in all areas of insolvency.

In December 2017 Emma become a licensed appointment taker under the Insolvency Practitioners Association, she is JIEB qualified.

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