Administrators go in at crisis-hit Mainline

Troubled organiser Mainline Events called in the administrators last month in a last-ditch attempt to stabilise its finances and continue trading.

Troubled organiser Mainline Events called in the administrators last month in a last-ditch attempt to stabilise its finances and continue trading. The firm organises annual events The London Garden Show at Alexandra Palace, north London and the Hatfield House Festival of Gardening in Hertfordshire. Mainline managing director Graham Lock said: “The company is subject to a court administration order with the purpose of securing the Hatfield event and to ensure that it takes place as planned.” The show is scheduled for 7-9 June. Income generated by the Hatfield event will be used to pay creditors and contractors for this year’s London Garden Show, which took place from 11-14 April. The company hopes that this will allow it to continue trading. Alexandra Palace is one of Mainline’s creditors. The venue’s head of sales and marketing, Chris Gothard said: “We have been paid for the hall hiring, but not for additional services. We are waiting to hear from the administrators. However, we are still holding Mainline’s dates for next year’s show.” Although The London Garden Show attracted more than 25,000 visitors and 220 exhibitors – both of which were improvements on the previous year – Main-line did not receive the level of return on investment that it had hoped for.

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