A NEWLY-opened wedding venue has stepped in to help couples on the brink of losing their big day after a string of hotels went into administration.

Roebank Hotel has opened its doors to brides-to-be following the sudden closure of Burnhouse Manor Hotel in Beith.

We previously told how several Glasgow couples have been forced to cancel their weddings after Halo Hotels Ltd and related venues, including the Crowwood House Hotel, went under.

The Crowwood House Hotel, on Cumbernauld Road, is currently still operating with no staff redundancies planned.

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James Smith, owner of the Roebank Hotel, has already managed to accommodate one couple who were jilted by their venue just months before their big day.

The businessman said: “We have been inundated with different couples who have lost their whole wedding and so far we’ve managed to get one couple booked in with a discounted rate.

“I approached the Burnhouse Manor to offer to help their customers who were upset with the situation but they refused me entry.

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“The way they’ve acted has been shocking – taking thousands of pounds off people knowing this was going to happen and putting it straight into company accounts.

“It’s not the way businesses should be run.”

An issue with the bank accounts held by bosses at the venues means that those who have booked in advance are unlikely to have their money refunded, as well as those who have paid in cash.

Several concerned couples have been forced to contact administrators directly for information on where their money has gone due to employees at the hotel refusing to comment.

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Paul Robertson, 32, from Cumbernauld, has cancelled his wedding day despite being told to continue paying for the venue by hotel staff.

He said: “I spoke to those in charge of the administration and was told I’ve lost all money paid to the hotel as it went into their main account instead of a separate (holding) account.

“If a new owner is found, it’s up to them if they want to honour the wedding as they will be losing money because the wedding funds were paid to the old company.”

Thomas Campbell MacLennan and Alexander Iain Fraser of FRP Advisory LLP were appointed as Joint Administrators of Beezer Properties Limited.

A spokesman for the company stated that The Crowwood Hotel is trading under administration and will continue to honour deposits and bookings, made prior to the Administration appointment on the December 4 2018, for events as they take place.

All deposits paid on or after December 4, 2018, since the Hotel began trading under administration, are ‘ring fenced’ and would be refunded in the event of the hotel ceasing to trade.

Joint Administrator Tom MacLennan commented: “The Crowwood Hotel is a staple of Glasgow’s hospitality sector, servicing a wide spectrum of customers from across Scotland and overseas.

“Unfortunately, a decline in trading conditions has negatively impacted The Company’s business, alongside additional financial obligations resulting from the failure of a related company.

“As a priority, we are working closely with various stakeholders to carry out a review of the business and will be considering all options available. We will be working closely with The Company’s management to ensure that we achieve the best possible outcome for everyone involved."

Commenting on the Burnhouse Manor Hotel closure, Mr MacLennan said: “The company had been affected by a contraction of trading conditions which led to HM Revenue & Customs lodging a petition to wind up the company. The company was placed in administration the day before the liquidation appointment was due to occur.”

“Our focus now is to work closely with all agencies, including the Redundancy Payments Office, to ensure that affected employees receive every support at this difficult time."

Interested parties or suppliers seeking further information should contact the FRP Advisory LLP Edinburgh office on 0330 055 5455.