The owner of Moben kitchens, bathroom chain Dolphin and Sharps bedrooms is to go into administration.
The company, called HomeForm Group, has 160 showrooms. It hopes to sell the Moben and Dolphin brands and by doing this save bedroom business Sharps and Kitchens Direct.
HomeForm is the largest business in the UK selling pre-made kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms.
When we surveyed Which? members to find out which kitchen brands score best for customer service, quality and value for money, Moben came second from bottom out of the ten companies in the survey, including independents (though it later said it did not accept this result as it had gone through significant changes during the five years of our survey).
Find out which brands came top in our guide to the best kitchen brands.
HomeForm in administration
If you have an order outstanding with one of these companies, read our advice about what to do if shops go into administration.
In addition, rival shop chain Bathstore has announced a special offer to help Dolphin customers. Bathstore has said it will honour deposits that may be lost on Dolphin orders and subtract its value from an equivalent Bathstore order.
Home improvements shops suffering
The home improvement market has suffered in the economic downturn – a recent CBI report revealed that 85% of homewares stores had reported a decline in sales in June.
Earlier this year Focus DIY fell into administration, blaming the decline in the home improvement market, and today Habitat revealed all but three of its UK stores are being put into administration in a deal to sell the indebted furniture chain.
m.Home Retail Group, the owner of Argos and Homebase, is to buy the Habitat brand and three London Habitat shops for £24.5