The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) most recent health check has shown that retail sales were down by 3.1% in April, leaving retailers across the country struggling.

Representing the largest drop since the BRC launched its survey back in 1995, the dip has been attributed to a number of causes, including poor weather, the timing of Easter and reduced household budgets. As Walsh Taylor discussed in an article towards the end of February, increased labour costs due to the rise in the minimum wage and the popularity of online shopping have not helped either.

Following on from the collapse of Toys R Us and Maplin, plus several other well-known organisations being in the process of closing stores, retailers are set to be bracing themselves for the tough conditions to continue. It was announced recently, for example, that Mothercare is about to close around 50 of its 137 shops by June of next year.

To add to that, as reported by BBC News, the latest FTSE All-Share Index did not bode well for many retailers. Marks & Spencer just avoided slipping out of the FTSE 100, whereas the fashion chain Moss Bros was relegated from the FTSE All-Share to the FTSE Fledgling Index after their market value shrank.

Having assisted hundreds of Yorkshire and North East businesses over the past decade or so, the Leeds, Harrogate, Bradford and Darlington-based teams at Walsh Taylor sympathise with those under financial pressure. That is why we work with clients to ensure that the best possible outcome is secured.

By getting in touch with us today for a free-of-charge initial meeting you could increase the likelihood of a positive result. After all, the sooner we speak with you, the sooner we can help your company.

For more information, please either call 03300 244 660 or email

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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