Birmingham youth training charity BXL Ltd in administration

Sad news yesterday from our friend and colleague John Ling at BXL Ltd, which has been forced into administration by inherited TUPE pension deficits and loss of service delivery contracts.

Third Sector Online covers the story here and there is a detailed post on John Ling’s blog here.

Mike Cleveley, commercial director at BXL is acting for PwC the administrators and strenuous efforts are being made to protect the remaining 26 jobs and sell the business as a going concern.

Our best wishes to all involved at BXL and let’s hope that a way is found to protect not just the remaining staff but also the essential services they provide in youth training and employment support. If not now, when?

UPDATE 26/01/12: It’s worth pulling the following out of the comments section where it may get lost — and I’m sure Jan Golding won’t mind. She posted the following remarks:

“I know nothing about the detail of the BXL situation but we are working with many organisations who are contemplating situations in which TUPE would be relevant. We are contantly troubled by the lack of risk assessment undertaken by organisations before entering into a transfer and taking on automatically the full employment liabilities that come with the transferring staff. Employers seem to think they can pick and choose these – and they can’t.

If there is one piece of learning I would wish for all civil society leaders, it would be organisational risk assessment. Any organisation comtemplating a situation that may involve TUPE can contact us for a free 1 hour of advice on 0845 543 8429 and we can explain the risks specific to their transfer.

My thoughts are with the staff of BXL – I hope a way can be found to protect their employment and continue their great work.”

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UPDATE 16/02/12: Third Sector Online announces closure of BXL Ltd following failure to find a buyer for the business as a going concern.

  1. Jan Golding Reply

    Thanks for sharing this Alun, like you I am so sad to hear this.

    I know nothing about the detail of the BXL situation but we are working with many organisations who are contemplating situations in which TUPE would be relevant. We are contantly troubled by the lack of risk assessment undertaken by organisations before entering into a transfer and taking on automatically the full employment liabilities that come with the transferring staff. Employers seem to think they can pick and choose these – and they can’t.

    If there is one piece of learning I would wish for all civil society leaders, it would be organisational risk assessment. Any organisation comtemplating a situation that may involve TUPE can contact us for a free 1 hour of advice on 0845 543 8429 and we can explain the risks specific to their transfer.

    My thoughts are with the staff of BXL – I hope a way can be found to protect their employment and continue their great work.

  2. John Ling Reply

    It’s the real John Ling here-thanks for your kind words about BXL. The core issue that created the closure was just about inherited pension deficits-which actually had nothing to do with TUPE as a process!

    That piece we got right. But you can’t outrun a pension repayment that is overnight 50% of your (not for profit) turnover, when contracts are being pulled from the sector.

    We are running some sessions in the near future for Charity Trustees and Company directors to share our learning through all of this. Contact me for more information!
    John

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