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Tempest Fashion falls into administration

Tempest Fashion, which trades as Made in Britain womenswear label Tempest, has fallen into administration.

The business appointed Neil John Maddocks and Robert Coad of Undebt.co.uk as joint administrators on July 13.

Tempest, which is known for its pencil dresses, has more than 100 stockists in the UK and 50 in Ireland, made up largely of independent retailers. Online it is stocked by Asos.com, Designer Desirables, Vestry and Celebrity Closet.

In November 2014, Tempest Fashions completed a £250,000 six-month factory build. The new facility brought all of the brand’s manufacturing processes and staff under one roof, including in-house designers, pattern cutters, garment technologists, sample hands and sewing machinists.

It now employs 35 people across its factory and head office in Bridgend, south Wales, many of whom were made redundant following the closures of Jigsaw’s manufacturing facility in south Wales earlier this year and Burberry’s factory in Treorchy in 2007.

One Tempest stockist said: “It was a good brand for us and the accounts were always fine. Over the last couple of seasons they seemed to have lost their way a bit as it was the same styles season after season, they never really moved the design on.”

The brand was founded by Dan O’Connell in 2012. O’Connell resigned as an executive director in June 2015 and is now a non-executive director at Red Storm Fashion Agency in Cowbridge, Wales.

Rag Hall Designs, a Leicester-based clothing supplier that worked with many high street brands including Next and JD, has appointed liquidators. Mark Reynolds of Valentine & Co liquidators in London was appointed on July 16. The business ceased trading in the spring.

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