LDD Group Limited, a Leeds technology business in its 25th anniversary with an annual turnover of around £8m year has entered Administration.

Yorkshire insolvency practitioners and business recovery experts Walsh Taylor were appointed to deal with the Administration on Thursday (April 19).

Under its stewardship, LDD Group Ltd is continuing to trade while a buyer to secure its long-term future is found.

“Our initial focus of the Administration is to engage with parties who may be interesting in acquiring this well-known business in the sector,” said Walsh Taylor director Mary Taylor.

“The priority is very much to sell the company as a viable going concern, safeguarding its future, and retaining as many jobs as possible.

“LDD Group is a family business with a good name, a proven track record, and a national customer base spanning around 30 contracts – particularly in the education and health sectors.

“Unfortunately, after the ill health of one of its directors – and the unforeseen impact this has naturally caused – the directors felt they were not in a position to carry on themselves.

“The decision to place the company into Administration offers the best opportunity for securing its survival and helping it move forward into a successful new era.”

To ensure an ongoing service is provided to all LDD clients, Walsh Taylor plans to continue to trade the company while it is searching for a buyer

LDD Group is a leading supplier of hardware, as well as providing IT support remotely and onsite to businesses, schools and public sector organisations, including the NHS.

These services include IT help desks, IT consultancy, network design telecoms, Wi-fi and internet provision, and installation of cybersecurity hardware.

It was launched from the corner of a dairy warehouse in Seacroft with just two phone lines. After bucking the economic crisis in 2008, it grew into a company which at its peak had a turnover of over £12m, employed approaching 50 staff, and counted Nike among its portfolio of clients.

Mary Taylor
Director

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.

Kate Ellis (neé Breese)
Insolvency Practitioner

Kate has worked in insolvency since 2001 starting out at a firm of solicitors in Leeds and latterly gaining positions within two national accountancy firms.

During this time Kate gained extensive experience in all aspects of personal and corporate insolvency, for the first part of her career specializing in personal insolvency and latterly corporate.

Kate has been with Walsh Taylor since its incorporation in September 2008.

Kate is CPI and JIEB qualified, is experienced in a variety of industries and sectors and is the firm’s joint appointment taker.

Meg Heath
Director

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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