Middlesbrough businessman
Ian Royle, insolvency director at Begbies Traynor, Teesside.
Rebecca Wayman

Middlesbrough community centre continues operations following Begbies Traynor investment

Middlesbrough’s Langridge Initiative Centre is to remain open and will be managed by a newly identified voluntary sector organisation.

The centre, which provides facilities and services for the communities of Berwick Hills and Park End, is registered under the Co‐Operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014.

The organisation recently proved to be financially unviable, and sought advice from Begbies Traynor in November 2018 in order to avoid being placed into liquidation.

Amanda Buck, a representative of Langridge Initiative Centre, said: “We are extremely grateful that we have been able to reach an agreement with the Department of Education without whose support our organisation faced an uncertain future.

“Langridge Initiative Centre will now work with the Local Authority to ensure an Asset Transfer secures the future and, we hope, will be able to extend its activities to the benefit all of the local community.”

Following negotiations with one of the centre’s key stakeholders, the Department of Education, Begbies Traynor secured a deal for the centre to continue to operate so that the local authority can facilitate a community asset transfer to a new organisation.

Situated off Langridge Crescent, the centre provides the local community with amenities including furnished room hire and office accommodation, adult education courses, a launderette, a café and a crèche.

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