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Mothercare UK to go into administration but Irish business won’t be affected

Mothercare UK to go into administration but Irish business won’t be affected

Mothercare Ireland has said that it will not be affected by the closure of its UK equivalent.

The company has announced plans to put its UK retail business, which has 79 stores, into administration, putting hundreds of jobs at risk.

The firm’s UK business has been unprofitable for more than a decade, which sparked a mass of closures last year.

The UK franchise run its stores and website independent of Mothercares in other parts of the world, Mirror.co.uk reports.

Mothercare Ireland is separately owned and will not be affected.

There are 14 Mothercare stores in Ireland and the company has been in operation here for 26 years.

Commenting on the UK announcement, Jonathan Ward, Managing Director of Mothercare Ireland said: “Regards Mothercare UK’s news this morning, Mothercare Ireland is a completely separate company and as a result our 14 Irish stores are unaffected by the administration plans and will continue to trade as normal.”

Mothercare Ireland is one of the original partners of parent group Mothercare Gobal, which is not affected by the administration.

In a statement this morning, Mothercare UK said: “Mothercare announces that Notices of Intent to appoint administrators to the Company’s active trading subsidiary, Mothercare UK Limited and Mothercare Business Services Limited, which provides certain services to Mothercare UK, are being filed with the Court today.

“It is emphasised that the Company and its other subsidiaries are not covered by these notices of intent. The Group, Mothercare UK and MBS will be free to continue to trade in the normal course of business.”