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WaverleyTBS debtors face debt collection letters

By Gurjit Degun , 06-Dec-2012
Last updated on 06-Dec-2012 at 09:22 GMT2012-12-06T09:22:53Z

Ian Hayes: he does not appreciate demands without any explanation

Ian Hayes: he does not appreciate demands without any explanation

Businesses that were in debt to former drinks supplier WaverleyTBS when it fell into administration are being forced to pay their debts in seven days or face legal proceedings.

Administrator Deloitte said that it is standard practice to use a debt-collection agency, especially as there are a large number of debtors.

WaverleyTBS was owed £26.5m by trade debtors at the time of its collapse.

Ian Hayes, licensee of the Grove in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, who received a letter from debt-collection company Winterhill Largo last week, has hit out at Deloitte’s approach.

The letter demands Hayes pay £304.31, but he believes he owes £51.73. He had set up a direct debit with Waverley to pay for his orders.

Hayes said: “I have no problem with Deloitte sending me a letter to explain the situation, saying, ‘please can you pay us this amount’. My main gripe is that they send a debt-collection letter with no explanation.”

In a letter to Deloitte, Hayes wrote: “ I further do not appreciate a demand for monies without any documentation to back the demand up.”

A spokesman at Deloitte said: “We are using Winterhill Largo and the reason for this is because there is a large volume of debtors.

“Winterhill Largo has sent letters in respect of overdue debts. It is standard practice for us to use the company.”

WaverleyTBS entered administration in October.